Located on the elegant Via Libertà in front of the nice Alberigo Gentili Piazza and a few steps from the Romantic English Garden, the Mormino Museum is certanly one of the most remarkable private collections in Sicily. The building, called Villa Zito, is an 18th-century neoclassical palazzo (1761), originally an aristocratic country house. The collection, owned by the Banco di Sicilia Foundation, boasts an archaeological section of 4751 relics, mainly coming from excavations in west Sicily, the oldest dating back to the 7th Century BCE. It features valuable Greek specimens, mainly potteries produced in the Sicilian colonies as well as pieces in the Corinthian style and others from Attica, testifying the intense commerce with the motherland. The numismatic section features Sicilian coins from the Byzantine period to the 19th Century. The picture gallery hosts mainly modern Sicilian paintings of the 19th and early 20th Centuries, such as the beautiful landscapes by Francesco Lo Jacono and Antonino Leto, and the sketches for the popular decoration of Villa Igea by Ettore Maria Bergler. There are also three canvases by the famous painter of the Macchiaioli movement, Giovanni Fattori. The museum also features a philatelic section and a remarkable ceramic collection which shows off majolicas from Sicily, Faenza and Venice dating from the 15th to the 19th Century.
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM, Monday to Friday from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM, Saturday to Saturday from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
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