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N°12 January 2002 - Pagg. 54-55


(by Giuseppe Matarazzo)

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 the years.
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 881499.

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Inclusion in the prestigious World Heritage List UNESCO "Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto": Caltagirone, Militello Val of Catania, Catania, Modica, Famous, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa Ibla, Scicli.

An archaeological zone between most ancient in the Italian panorama, with a beautiful greek theatre, roman-hellenistic road.

One of the most famous and appreciated attractions of Palazzolo Acreide is certainly "House-museum of Antonino Uccello). During 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 wisdom.

The 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.

The ruins of the Norman castle and the surrounding medieval urban planning structure.

An 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.

The religious manifestations like the festivity of S. Paul and S. Sebastiano, known in all the Sicily.

International 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.

The several exhibitions proposed by the House-museum "Antonino Uccello", the agricultural and food- Review of the products and typical food... and more...

Carnival 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) and cannoli.

A extremely varied landscape, with the  Natural Reserve of Cava Grande and the Natural Reserve of the Anapo-Pantalica.

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.

The 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 hydraulic energy.









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