Antonino Uccello's Regional Casa Museo
The Casa Museo, located in the eighteenth-century Palazzo Ferla-Bonelli, is one of the world's most beautiful ethno-anthropological museums. It was conceived and set up by Antonino Uccello, an eminent scholar and researcher of local culture and traditions. It bears witness to the millennia of forestry and pastoral activities that characterised life in this territory. The museum is located in an edifice built after the 1693 earthquake on a pre-existing construction in the neighbourhood “Mannarazzi” where there used to be sheep pens. In the museum, Antonino Uccello reproduced the domestic environment typical of the Hyblean rural and peasant culture, where two worlds would often co-exist, distinctly different but also extremely close.
Via Machiavelli n° 19
Archeological Museum G. Judica
The Cappellani Palace is located in via Gaetano Italia. It was built at the beginning of the last century in an eclectic and classical style. It was bought by the Region and it now hosts the Archeological Museum, home to the Judica collection counting more than two thousand items unearthed by the baron in his excavation campaigns between 1809 and 1830 at the sites of the ancient Akrai, the Santoni and the Pinita necropoli. The collection consists of pottery, vases, amphoras and sculptures.
Via Gaetano Italia
The travellers' museum
The museum is located in the interior of the palazzo Vaccaro in the via Maestranza. It is a permanent exhibition, documenting the nineteenth-century “Grand tour”. The museum includes engravings made by the travellers focusing on the Hyblean area, two of the most important eighteenth-century “voyage pittoresque” with photographs that show the present state of the places depicted. There are also maps of Sicily that testify to the evolution of topographic studies linked to the act of travelling and a valuable collection of ancient books addressing the topic of travel, among which the extremely rare first edition of the “De rebus Siculis” by Fazello. Next to the exhibition there is also a library that through books and information technology documents the history of travelling.
Via Maestranza n° 5
The Medieval Castle
The Medieval Castle existed already in the year 827, when the Muslims conquered Sicily. It was abandoned after the 1693 earthquake and only ruins remain today: part of the moat, the base of the towers, a few hypogeums, the cisterns and in the smaller courtyard a part of the battlements carved in the living rock. From the site it is possible to admire a breathtaking view of the Anapo Valley.
Orologio Tower and Lenza neighbourhood
The ancient watch tower dominates the evocative Lenza neighbourhood and can be seen from the San Paolo neighbourhood as well. The entire area has been subject to an urban requalification project aimed at creating affordable housing. When the redevelopment work was finished, the neighbourhood was included in the historical centre recovery project in order to make it inhabitable. In this neighbourhood the visitor wandering among blind alleys and narrow streets can admire the tiny Soccorso Church, while the via Machiavelli will lead him to the Casa Museo, the ethno-anthropological museum.