Museums in Sicily

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Museums in Sicily

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  • Elia B
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    We visited the tonnara of Favignana our last day on the Egadis. The tonnara is an interesting example of industrial architecture and it has a sea turtles clinic inside the building. Liliana led in a very inspiring visit, where she taught us the almost mystic role of the rais alongside the different phases of tuna production. With the songs she shared with us, it was almost possible to feel the experience of the tonnara and its meaning not only for the industry but for the community as a whole. Absolutely recommended if you are in Favignana!
    Written September 10, 2023
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  • duhoz
    Beroun, Czech Republic6,315 contributions
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    Second largest monastery in Europe but today university. It has most valueable library, probably you can see it as part of guided tour. I just walked around on my own the huge complex and cloisters as I have not time to take about 90 minutes guided tour I reccommend to visit the next door church and climb up to cupola at the high 62 meters.
    Written November 2, 2023
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  • Lei C
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    I had so much fun and learning from the two hours spent at the Archimede Museum. Our guide Lucia was so passionate and knowledgeable about Archimede’s inventions, and she also let us try burning leaves with Archimede’s mirror. Very fun! I would highly recommend it - both for adults and kids.
    Written February 12, 2024
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  • Vittorio Walter L
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    Beautiful experience. You walk in as Tourists and you walk out as Actor. Inside great experience in cinema art and theatre. It’s not a usual museum.
    Written February 22, 2024
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  • robinn669
    Farnham, UK443 contributions
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    An extraordinary place and largely unknown to the great Sicilian public apart from the disinterested and distracted Italian school children forced to walk around but more engaged with their phones This is an in-depth examination of Operation Husky when the Americans and British raced around the island to see who could secure Messina first. The equipment, the visuals, the reenactments are first class- presentation is usually an Italian thing but this time they've combined it with substance. It's a beautiful space tucked away near the railway station- and takes a bit of finding but completely worth it. I hope there is money to maintain this excellent museum
    Written January 3, 2024
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  • Francesca
    Palermo, Italy59 contributions
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    Excellent 20 minute tour describing the evolution of salt production. For separate fee you can walk out to the salt flats, as well. Part of a nature reserve, they are many species of birds in the area. Pink flamingos everywhere.
    Written November 25, 2023
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  • Carlo M
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    We visited on a wet Saturday morning and we were immediately warmly welcomed by Don Carmelo. He gave us an extremely enthusiastic and interesting tour of everything in the small cave dwelling. His energy was contagious and joyful. Thank you very much, this the highlight of our visit to Scicli.

    It was a real shame that the rest of the cave dwelling area of Scicli is currently closed to the public.
    Written February 12, 2024
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  • Trav341
    Toowoomba, Australia110 contributions
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    We were fortunate enough to stay in the B & B upstairs. The Museum is on the floor below, a treasured collection of beautiful tiles, lovingly curated by the owner occupier. It was a privilege to be shown round by someone with a personal connection to the residence. Opening hours may vary, but it's well worth finding out and going along.
    Written October 31, 2023
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  • Francesca
    Palermo, Italy59 contributions
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    Incredible ride up Mount Pelligrino on the 812 bus next to the Politeama Theatre. Be careful on the way back; they take a different route. Go to the shrine in the late afternoon. There is no one there.
    Written November 8, 2023
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  • S E
    Burgess Hill, UK142 contributions
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    A wonderful Palazzo in central Catania, very beautiful and interesting. There are several beautiful rooms to explore and wander around, no guide or signage in any of the rooms but there was a guided tour. However we decided just to mooch around ourselves. Lots of photo opportunities and an escape from the heat of the day.
    Written October 8, 2023
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  • rofly
    Durham, NC31 contributions
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    I'm not a huge museum person, but I do like archaeological museums, and this one was great! So much to see, and I was almost the only person there so I was able to quietly take everything in. I was in a rush and only spent 2 hours there, but would have liked more time even though I'd already visited several archaeological museums in the previous 2 weeks. I also regretted not visiting the catacombs nearby.
    Written January 24, 2024
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  • Britt B
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    Spectacular! What a surprise. I expected to kill an hour but this is a world class museum here in this tiny corner of the world… albeit one where the Greeks Normans Berbers Turks Romans all reined supreme at one time or another. Truly one of the great archaeological museums of the world. I even met the Director who was very informative and even gave me a coin so that I could get inside the Norman cloisters.
    Written October 31, 2023
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  • betteskid
    Boston, MA1,355 contributions
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    The major attraction here is an amazing bronze Greek statue that was found in the sea by a fisherman - called the Dancing Satyr - the statue was found by a fisherman who we were told first found a piece of the statue and then continued to search until a much larger section was found. If you have time, be sure to stop and see this.
    Written July 4, 2022
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  • profjoypc
    Alnwick, UK4,660 contributions
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    This is an absolutely fascinating experience! We thought it was well worth the money and time spent. Our guide was extremley knowledgeable about all of the exhibits, many of which are interactive and leave you speechless with amazement. The guide takes photos with your own phone throughout so you have great memories of the tour to look back on and share with others. The whole thing is really well done and the science and technology used to create the displays is tremendous.
    Written November 1, 2023
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  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy2,939 contributions
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    The Ursino castle in Catania was built by Frederick II of Swabia during the 13thI century. During the Sicilian Vespers it was the seat of the parliament and later it was the residence of the Sovereigns of Sicily of the Aragonese dynasty including Frederick III. Today it houses the Civic Museum.

    The museum is very big, and it houses art pieces from the Greek period to the 18th-19th centuries. Some pieces of modern art in the same rooms as historical art is a questionable choice. Explanations are provided in Italian for all pieces, in English for most of them, and in Spanish for some.

    According to me, the best part is the paintings and drawings collection, with pieces by artists such as El Greco, Luis de Morales, Mathias Stomer, Francesco Solimena, Mattia Preti, Jusepe de Ribeira, Michele Rapisardi, Girolamo Induno, Sebastian Ittar, and the only existing copy of the precious "Nativity" altarpiece by Caravaggio, stolen in Palermo and never found again.

    The archaeological section is very interesting, too, whereas the numismatic collection is not enjoyable: the coins are in the dark and not very visible in the absence of light.
    Written April 29, 2023
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