The official name of the Cappuccinelle Church and Convent in Palermo is Monastero Sacra Famiglia Clarisse Cappuccine. It is run by an enclosed religious order, so some parts of the church are closed off and cannot be visited by lay people.Continue reading “Cappuccinelle Church Palermo”
The Collegio Massimo dei Gesuiti in Palermo is a former Jesuit institution converted into a library. The entrance is in the former Santa Maria della Grotta Church.Continue reading “Collegio Massimo dei Gesuiti Palermo”
Palermo‘s tourist office is called C.I.T. (Centro di Informazione Turistica). There are six offices, which are located near the main attractions of the city. Four of them are only open in the morning and early afternoon. The C.I.T.’s Bellini and Cavour are also open in the afternoon and early evening.Continue reading “Tourist offices Palermo”
The Cathedral Museum (Museo della Cattedrale) of Lucca is located right next to the city’s Duomo itself. The collection consists of liturgical objects and works of art taken from the various churches in the area.
Cathedral Museum Lucca
Address, opening hours and ticket price
The address of the Museo della Cattedrale is Piazza Antelminelli, 5 – 55100 Lucca. Opening times: 10.00 till 18.00. Ticket price: 4 Euros. Children younger than 6: Free. Combi-ticket Cathedral + Museum + Campanile + Baptistery + Santi Giovanni and Reparata Church: 9 Euros: Combi-ticket students between 6 and 25 of age: 6 Euros.
The Cathedral Museum is located near the Oratory of San Giuseppe and was founded in 1992. Half of its collection consists of the objects used at Mass and other ecclesiastical ceremonies. The second half consists of statues and paintings taken from the various churches of the city to better preserve them.
Except for the manuscripts, which have one entire room to themselves, the exhibition is organized by chronology.
Highlightsd Museo del Cattedrale Lucca
An ivory diptych of consul Areobindo from the early 6th century.
A copper tin from Liege, depicting the martyrdom of Thomas Becket. Another printed and painted leather holder from Flanders.
The Croce dei Pisani (“Cross of the Pisans”), a gold cross from the early 15th century.
A choir screen is a kind of fence between the presbytery and the nave. The museum houses some choir screens made by Matteo Civitali from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Other artifacts and works of art made in Lucca at the time include paintings by Vincenzo Freudiani and silverware by Francesco Marti.
Also on display is a reliquary of Saint Sebastian, in the form of a circular temple.
There is a large collection of antique priest’s clothing and silverware made in Lucca between the 15th and 19th centuries.
An entire room is dedicated to sculptures that originally used to grace the cathedral. Highlights include a bishop’s bust from the 11th century, the “Apostle” by Jacopo della Quercia and a statue of Fra’ Fazio.
In a separate room, the ornaments of the “Holy Face” (Volto Santo) are preserved. These are brought out every year on May 3 and September 14, to be carried through the city on a simulacrum of Jesus Christ.
Lucca is the capital of the province of the same name and also one of the most famous smaller cities in Tuscany. The historic center of the city is surrounded by a high city wall, which is so wide that parks have even been built on it.Continue reading “Lucca Travel Guide”
The original name of the Magione Church in Palermo is Chiesa della Santissima Trinità. The church was originally owned by a German order of knights. It was built towards the end of the 12th century, although most of the artworks on display are of more recent date. Highlights are the façade and the cloister.Continue reading “Santissima Trinità or Magione Church Palermo”
The Villa Giulia in Palermo is considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy. The park is located not far from the coast. The villa is full of statues of famous local characters. Highlights include the central fountain and the so-called Genio di Palermo.Continue reading “Villa Giulia Palermo”