A symbolic trip for travelers in Sicily want to dream the land of myth. The prestigious museum is housed in Palazzolo Acreide, in a religious building of the 17 century, rebuilt in the 19 century as a private residence, called Palazzo Vaccaro since 1997 and owned by the town.
The property is characterized by the use of stone carved in shelves in the facade with anthropomorphic figures, both in real time on the ground floor. The research related to foreign travelers conducted by Mistress Gringeri Pantano starts in the 80s by a series of travels, exhibitions, business conferences, publications that point out documents and books, tracking through a philological work done of writings and images an impressive study related about which missed or was missing.
Sicily for its centrality in the Mediterranean sea is the Island Journey. The Homeric mythical memories, Greek sublime classical places, the presence of interesting natural phenomena and “exotic” plants have placed the great Mediterranean island, part of modern history, centre of cultural interests that peaked in second half of the eighteenth century.
In these years it will become Grand Tour stage for artists, architects, amateurs of antiquity, poets, diplomats, but also for the young aristocrats of Europe, accompanied by “travelling preceptor”, completed in Italy their cultural background. A lot of travelers have published accounts of their travels. These works, often accompanied by exciting engravings about monuments and places visited, are now an extraordinary documentation of the cultural and environmental heritage, but also the habits and customs of Sicily in the past centuries.
The Journey in Sicily for travelers who travelled through difficult roads, was often a response to their aesthetic requirements. The works about that experience show “the need of the soul and the beauty” (James Hillman) the culture of beauty, their Voyages, and their beautiful engravings .
The exhibition is located in a museum space divided into three sections:
In the first there are the original works of Jean-Claude Richard de Saint-Non and Jean Houel concerning Siracusa, Ragusa and Hybleies. The second you can find the maps and the Journey; in the third there are ancient books of Sicily and odeporici texts. Thanks to the uniqueness subject Museum expands in regional dialogue, through a video projected in the breakfast room, with all the places that were essential destinations in Sicily Tour. In this sense, the museum space has a planning aimed to further developing and specific arrangements.
Alongside the etchings you can see Giuseppe Leone and Lamberto Rubino’ s photos. They suggest the current state of the places. Each image presents a comprehensive caption to benefit educationally. The books present in the exhibition can be “browsed” and consulted by computer.
The logo of the museum, taken from an engraving by Jean Houel, is the Cybele Goddess, the Goddess traveler from Anatolia who crossed the Mediterranean sea placing her sanctuary in the rocky crags of the ancient Akrai.
A formidable initiative in Palazzolo Acreide to know the history of our country.
Travelers’ Museum in Sicily Palazzo Vaccaro – Via Maestranza, 5 Palazzolo Acreide (SR)
Summer opening 9-13 16-20; Winter opening 9-13 15-19; closed on Mondays.