Civic Museum of Castelbuono

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Until 16 April 2023

The museum

The Civic Museum is a historical-artistic museum inside the fourteenth-century Ventimiglia Castle. Started to build in 1317 by Count Francesco I Ventimiglia on the hill of San Pietro d'Ypsigro, hence the nickname "Castle of the good air", from which Castelbuono took its name. The original architecture has Arab-Norman-Swabian compositional characteristics. The Castle consists of three corner towers and a pre-existing round tower from the Byzantine period (XII century). Inside, a courtyard with a staircase gives access to the two upper floors, inside which today there are permanent exhibitions of urban planning, archeology, sacred art and modern and contemporary art. Contemporary art exhibitions are regularly hosted on the ground floor. On the second floor, next to the Sacred Art section, there is the suggestive Platina Chapel , decorated with stuccos by the brothers Giuseppe and Giacomo Serpotta, executed in 1683, where the relic of the skull of Sant'Anna is kept in a silver reliquary (1521). patron saint of Castelbuono, together with the artistic wooden "Choir" (1760), the work of the Castelbuonese sculptor Domenico Coco.

With the extinction of the main branch of the Ventimiglia family, the Castle, in 1920 it was purchased by the citizens through a public collection, then donated to the Municipality of Castelbuono which decreed its public use. The structural restoration and the museum set-up intervention, completed in 2011, made it possible to define a museum institution. Today, it is an active cultural producer, committed to the promotion of the local and Mediterranean historical-artistic heritage, through contemporary languages.


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Piazza Castello
90013 Castelbuono


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