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THE UCCELLO HOUSE-MUSEUM
AFTER THIRTY YEARS
N°12 January 2002 - Pagg.
Countless objects and utensils from daily life in the
past. In the museum that he founded at Palazzolo Acreide
in 1971 Antonino Uccello left a great testimony to our
culture. “When we went to the feuds and abandoned lands,”
Uccello tells us in “La casa di Icaro” (1980), “often
farm workers threw away the tools of daily use: you
found spoons and wooden collars for oxen and sheep at
refuse tips. It was the rejection of a whole world that
represented their state of oppression, their ancient
malaise (...) For me making up a museum with similar
objects was unthinkable. But when these utensils began
to suffer destruction, as I observed during the
struggles by farm labourers, unconsciously I realised
that there was something we werw losing irremediably. I
was not twenty yet and I was trying to recover
everything that I could.”
Uccello, with precious research work thus recreated
places of country life, with the rooms, the stable, the
press. Pieces and scenes of daily life that live again
amid the walls of the house. A “living exhibition”, not
a museum full of recollections and nostalgia. Careful
research from which there emerges a slice of lived life.
The Uccello House-museum, purchased by the region in
1983, after the death of its founder, is now thirty
years old. For the occasion the Regional Ministry for
the Cultural and Environmental Heritage, Palazzolo
Acreide Council and the Syracusa Tourist Board have
organised an exhibition and a series of meetings. Until
10th February every day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to
3.30 p.m. it will be possible to visit the Palazzolo
House-museum in Via Machiavelli, with a documentary
exhibition giving a collage of the events promoted over
In addition to the Uccello House-museum, other museums
are emerging in Syracuse province, like the Buscemi
places of rural work and the Sortino Puppet Museum.
These are three important examples probably representing
one of the most significant ethnoanthropological
situations in souther Italy.
At the end of November the three museums in Syracusa
province also took part in the Showroom of the Patrimony
and Cultural Activities in Venice, arousing enormous
interest. And to continue the debate on roots and
identity, theatre and museums, a cycle of conferences
has begun that until April will involve Palazzolo,
Sortino and Buscemi.
For information contact the Uccello House-museum on 0931
Visit the website
in the prestigious World Heritage List UNESCO
Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto": Caltagirone, Militello
Val of Catania, Catania, Modica, Famous, Palazzolo Acreide,
Ragusa Ibla, Scicli.
archaeological zone between most ancient in the Italian
panorama, with a beautiful greek theatre, roman-hellenistic
One of the most famous and appreciated attractions of
Palazzolo Acreide is certainly "House-museum of Antonino
the years of passionate and hard work, the Sicilian
ethnologist, has collected and put in order interesting
testimonies and precious materials about the life and folk
site hosts 12 large reliefs called "Santoni". It is the
greatest sanctuary to date uncovered, dedicated to the cult
of the oriental goddess of fertility Cibeles.
ruins of the Norman castle and the surrounding medieval
urban planning structure.
historical center of great architectonic value, strongly
characterized from a Baroque architecture, fruit of the
reconstruction post-earthquake of 1693 and, subsequently,
from the season of the Art Noveau.
religious manifestations like the festivity of S. Paul and
S. Sebastiano, known in all the Sicily.
Youth Festival of Classical Theatre.
Every year, during May, at greek theatre many groups of
highschools students from all over Italy and the rest of
Europe perform tragedies and comedy by classical authors.
several exhibitions proposed by the House-museum "Antonino
Uccello", the agricultural and food- Review of the products
and typical food... and more...
is very lively in Palazzolo Acreide and is one of the oldest
in Sicily. As well as the parade of the allegorical cars and
groups dressed up, you may taste in various food festivals
the typical Palazzolo's food products like the sausage,
trout pastry, macaroni, cavatieddi (a typical local pasta)
extremely varied landscape, with the Natural Reserve
of Cava Grande and the Natural Reserve of the
presence, in the beam of little kilometers, archaeological
and historical important archaeological zone like Kasmenai,
Ancient Avola, Castelluccio, Pantalica, the several
bizantine churches, etc.
St. Lucia watermill, is one of the four water-mills started
by the torrent Purbella. It dates back to the XVI century.
It is perfectly kept, plunged in an uncontaminated valley,
shaded by oak-trees and walnut-trees.Inside the building is
the Museum of the Millstone where permanent displays and
millstones of different shapes illustrate the development of
the cereals grindind technique, from pre-history up to