Visiting Trapani museums

Visiting Trapani museums

Visiting Trapani museums

Visiting Trapani museums


Experiences in Trapani: visiting Trapani museums

It is possible to visit three museums in the historic center of Trapani – the Ligny Tower museum, the contemporary art gallery La Salerniana, the San Rocco museum complex - and the Pepoli Regional Museum but also the Church of Anime Sante del Purgatorio, which houses the "Misteri of Trapani".

The tour of the Trapani museums  is a really recommended experience for art and culture lovers, for those who want to live moments of in-depth study and cultural growth, perhaps discovering at the same time palaces and historical monuments.  It can be made alone or with families, even if only for a few hours.

Ligny Tower

The Ligny Tower museum is located inside a Spanish watchtower and houses a collection of archaeological finds (amphorae, anchors, helmets and artifacts) representative of local history.

You can admire the Montefortino helmets, dating back to the period of the First Punic War (241 BC), anchors and amphorae from the Punic and Roman period, flint and obsidian artifacts and tools that recall Trapani prehistory as well as various artifacts between the period elimo and the late Middle Ages.

Ligny Tower is a monument represents  a glimpse of Trapani historical-cultural reality and manages to shed light on the flow of the history of the Mediterranean. From its terrace, which is accessed internally by a staircase, you can enjoy a spectacular view that enchants any visitor in any season: the view stretches from Capo San Vito to Erice, to Marsala, a wide view of the city of Trapani, a suggestive cliff that divides the Tyrrhenian Sea from the Mediterranean Sea, while towards the west you can see the Egadi islands and the small islet of Formica.

The Salerniana

La Salerniana is a contemporary art gallery and a non-profit Cultural Artistic Association, since 1997 also Galleria Civica "G.Perricone". In 2015 the Salerniana inaugurated a museum of modern and contemporary art in Trapani, inside the historic Palazzo della Vicaria. With its collection, the gallery offers a significant cross-section of Italian contemporary art, thanks to donations from artists (in many cases expressly made for La Salerniana). You can admire some works by Carla Accardi, Pietro Consagra, Pino Pinelli, just to mention some names.

Anime Sante del Purgatorio Church (it hosts the groups of the Mysteries of Trapani)

The tour of Trapani museums can also include a visit to the church that houses the twenty groups of the famous "Mysteries of Trapani". Built in 1688 on a project by the architect Pietro Castro, in 1712 the facade was modified. It was designed by the architect Giovanni Biagio Amico and is characterized by the twelve statues of the apostles. The facade is divided into two orders. Inside, the plant is a Latin cross with three naves. It preserves the tomb of Amico and hosts the twenty sculptural groups of the Mysteries of Trapani, which are carried in procession on Good Friday.

San Rocco Contemporary Art Museum

In 2012, Palazzo San Rocco, which contains the vestiges of San Rocco church, was assigned to an interdisciplinary museum pole, becoming the official and institutional seat of the San Rocco Museum, the body that also manages the DiART Collection.

The atrium has been transformed into a place of worship, an Oratory with a capacity of about 70 seats, with a small apse where there is a modern image of the Crucifix (by Marco Papa). The museum appears as a natural continuation of it due to its aesthetic, catechetical and didactic function typically linked to a place of worship.

Conte Agostino Pepoli Regional Museum

The museum is housed in the fourteenth-century former convent of the Carmelite Fathers, extensively remodeled between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. It is adjacent to the important Sanctuary of the Annunziata, where the marble statue of the "Madonna of Trapani" is preserved and venerated, a work unanimously attributed to Nino Pisano (around mid-14th century).

The museum illustrates, together with the collections of painting and sculpture, the development of the figurative arts in the Trapani area with particular reference to the decorative and applied arts, in which Trapani excelled especially as regards the sector of coral works, majolica , gold, silver and nativity sculpture.

The collections. The essential core of the collections is made up of the private collections of Count Agostino Pepoli who was the promoter of the institution in the early twentieth century. Other works were added from the suppressed religious corporations of the city, as well as from the Fardelliana art gallery, consisting mainly of Neapolitan school paintings, which General G.B. Fardella had donated to his hometown. This original nucleus was subsequently enriched by bequests, deposits and donations, with other collections of antiques and applied arts, such as those of Count Hernandez of Erice and of the Ospizio Sieri Pepoli.

Safe and protected Trapani

The containment and prevention rules adopted by the Municipality of Trapani reflect national and regional guidelines, with specific customizations according to the characteristics of the urban fabric and the territory. Trapani also benefits from "natural protection", given by the environmental and weather-climatic characteristics, which make it "inhospitable" towards the virus.

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