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MUSEUMS IN CATANIA

Museo Comunale – Castello (Cumunal Museum – Castle):
has its seat in the Ursino Castle, a building from 1239/50, which faces onto Piazza Federico di Svevia. Built on the wishes of Federico II, it was the residence of the Aragons during the 14th Century and was subsequently enclosed by defensive walls. The transformation of the building came about at the end of 1693 when it was gravely damaged by an earthquake, which was once again repeated in 1818. The first restoration, even though not fully philological, dates back to 1934 when the Communal Museum was established and its collection from the Benedictines saw a union with that of the Princes Bragaglia and of the Zappalà barons. The visit therefore also allows, other than the enjoyment of exhibited material, the walk across the structure of the ancient castle. The material from the rich and important collection is heterogeneous: walking through the various rooms, visitors will come across classical fragments and archaeological finds, Medieval and Renaissance armature, sculptures that come from the 12th Century to the Renaissance, pictures, furniture objects and 18th Century vestments.


Casa di Giovanni Verga (Giovanni Verga’s House):
can be found at the angle of Via S. Anna. It’s a building from the late 18th Century. It was the palazzo of the Verga Catalano family, with the apartment of the author remaining unaltered in almost all its furnishings and fitments. The small living area is interesting but most of all the study-library area where there’s still a collection conserved of romance novels written by the author. The furniture is the same that Verga had in his house in Milan and which was later transferred here.


Museo Belliniano:

in Piazza S. Francesco d’Assisi (known as the Floor of Grass). It was the house of the Bellini family and is on five floors which can all be visited; there are relics and testimonies preserved from the various phases of the life of the great musician, through the different points of his career in Catania, Naples, Milan, London and Paris. There are also some autographed works preserved.


Palazzo Gravina Cruyllas:

in Via Vittorio Emanuele.. From 1994 hosts the Emilio Greco Museum, dedicated to the noted contemporary artist. Here, the entire graphic corpus of the artist is exhibited.

 

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