• Address: Via Valdicastello Loc. Valdicastello Carducci 55045 Pietrasanta (LU) tel. +39 0584 795500
  • Visiting Hours: Tuesdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Saturdays and Sundays 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Summer hours Tues.-Sun. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Free entrance | Not accessible
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Casa natale - Valdicastello Pietrasante (Lucca)

Giosue Carducci, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1906, was born in Valdicastello of Pietrasanta on July 27th, 1835. His father, after having worked in Valdicastello as a doctor for the French mining company Boissat in Autumn 1838 moved with his family to the practice of Bolgheri. Later on, the Carducci Family moved again to various centers of Tuscany.
Giosue Carducci came back to Versilia three times: on June 16th, 1877; on March 1st, 1890, when he went to see his birthplace in Valdicastello, and on March 29th of the same year.
After his death, on February 16th, 1907, the City Council of Pietrasanta decided to pay solemn tributes to the Poet. Giovanni Pascoli made the official oration.
On March 17th, 1907 the Birthplace of the Poet was declared national monument and in 1912 it was purchased by the City with the money received with a public subscription.
Since 1950, with a decree of the President of the Republic, his Hometown has adopted the name of Valdicastello Carducci and on the same year it has been established the “Giosue Carducci” National Poetry Award.

  • Address: Casa Museo Domenico Aiello e Michele Tedesco Via Arcivescovo Dimaria 85047 Moliterno (PZ) tel. +39 339 5725077
  • Visiting Hours: Tutti i giorni Mattina 09.30/12.30 Pomeriggio 16.30/19.30
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Casa Domenico Aiello - Moliterno (Potenza)

Michele Tedesco was born in Moliterno on August 24, 1834 by Giacomo and Anna Racioppi, and since she was young, she has revealed her vocation for study and art. A maternal uncle, the abbot prof. Antonio Racioppi, who educated Giacomo Racioppi, summoned him to Naples where he enrolled at the School of Arts and Letters. After completing his studies and painting course, in 1860 he moved to Florence to deepen his studies and His artistic experience and in this city took part in the group of Telemaco Signorini. He visited not only many Italian cities to come into contact with art, but also reached the main cultural centers of all Europe.
During a trip to Bavaria, he met and married the painter Julia Hoffman with whom she lived in Naples. He soon became an educated and ingenious artist and always lived on the income of his work. After 1877, he moved to Portici where, working as a painting master, taught design and was also director of the School of Drawings and Sketches. In 1890 he won the Drawing of Designers at the Institute of Fine Arts in Naples. In a short time he became famous and admired and collaborated in several newspapers of art criticism and exhibition. He died in 1917.

In the Domenico Aiello home there are 18 notebooks, drawings and watercolors that embrace an arch of about 20 years and eloquently testify how vast and articulate his personality was.

There are also real master oils such as “La morte del cardellino “ and “La segreta attesa “.
The Casa Museo Domenico Aiello was born as a tribute of his son Gianfranco to his father figure.
In July 2010, after a careful restoration, this Lucan house was inaugurated as a place of culture.
Saturday, June 18, 2016, six years after its opening, has undergone a new exhibition in its final appearance of the Museum of nineteenth-century Lucan.
It houses in particular precious rarity of the greatest Lucanian painter Michele Tedesco (also native of Moliterno). The oils, the drawings, the 18 artist notebooks of the latter are flanked by the works of the other great artists: Giacomo Di Chirico, Vincenzo Marinelli, Angelo Brando, etc.
  • Address: Via Volterrana Nord n.6/A 50025 Montespertoli (Firenze) Tel 0571 609198 / 0571 657481 fax 0571 657027
  • Visiting Hours: Visits by appointment The wine shop area is open: Monday to Friday from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.; Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.; Saturday afternoon, Sunday and evenings on booking. For information and bookings call +39 0571 609198 +39 0571 657481
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Castello di Montespertoli (Firenze)

Sidney Sonnino was one of the most authoritative exponents of Italian liberalism. An opponent of Giolitti, he was twice Prime Minister (1906 and 1909-1910). He was Foreign Minister (1914-1919) and signed the Treaty of London. An attentive reformer of the agricultural system, he was a staunch supporter of universal suffrage. The Castello di Montespertoli is located only 20 km from Florence, within easy reach of Pisa and Siena. King Umberto I, Vittorio Emanuele III, D'Annunzio and Giolitti were his illustrious guests. The oldest parts of the castle are the thirteenth-century tower and chapel. It is now an home to Baron Alessandro and Baroness Caterina de Renzis Sonnino that, in the over more than 57 hectares of the estate, produce olive oils and wines Chianti Montespertoli D.O.C.G. They set up the Sidney Sonnino Study Centre. The Archive keep some documents about nineteenth-century Italy and the First World War. The rooms in which the politician lived have been preserved intact, as well as his vast library.
  • Address: Fondazione Casa di Enzo Ferrari - Museo Via Paolo Ferrari, 85 41121 Modena Tel. +39 059 4397979
  • Visiting Hours: The Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day: 9.30 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. October 1 – April 30 9.30 a.m. - 7.00 p.m. May 1 – September 30
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The story of Enzo Ferrari, one of the greatest Italians of the twentieth century, began in this house where his memory is treasured now. The adventure of a figure who left an enduring mark on his times started here. Destined for planetary fame, Ferrari never forgot his roots, but he was a revolutionary. He was a child in this home and dreamt of making cars more and more competitive. He came from a peasant culture, but he was fascinated by technology. He understood that cars, from mere desirable objects, may have turned into a luxury object, or even a work of art. Ferrari, with the Prancing Horse as a symbol, soon acquired the outline of the myth. The home-mechanical workshop, run by the foundation “Casa di Enzo Ferrari – Museo”, includes his birthplace and a futuristic automotive design gallery, painted in yellow (the colour of the City of Modena) that Enzo Ferrari chose as the background for the Prancing horse on his famous logo.
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An extraordinary cultural and tourist offer

The Associazione Nazionale Case della Memoria (National Association of Memory Houses) brings together the houses (now house-museum) where illustrious people lived in every field of knowledge, art, literature, science, history and aims to make known and enhance these significant historic houses, with the awareness that it is not possible to read the immortal works of great writers, admire the paintings and sculptures of brilliant artists, ultimately know the history, without "meeting" its protagonists, their experience, the strong bond with the territory.

In each house-museum, in addition to the permanent layout, there are guided tours and educational activities, conferences, seminars and exhibitions.

Discover the associated museum houses to plan your next cultural excursion:


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  • Address: Biglietteria e bookshop piazza Cittadella, 5 Museo corte S. Lorenzo, 9 55100 Lucca tel. 0583 584028
  • Visiting Hours: aprile-ottobre 10 - 18 novembre-marzo 11 - 17 chiuso il martedì (tranne i festivi) e il 25 dicembre
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Casa natale (Lucca)

The Birth Home Museum is situated in an apartment on the second floor of a historic building in the heart of the City of Lucca where Giacomo Puccini was born on December 22, 1858. In this house the composer spent the happy years of his childhood and teenage years, where he first learned about music and submitted to the discipline crucial to his musical formation. In 1884 he found success in Milan, beginning his international operistic career which made him one of the most famous and beloved composers in history. Giacomo Puccini always remained very attached to this house, so much so that he wanted to retain the property even if he took up residence in other places.

The Birth Home, transformed into a museum back in 1979, re-opened to the public on September 13, 2011. Important renovations reconfigured the original layout of the home and created a completely renewed exhibit. The museum preserves original furniture, precious objects which belonged to the composer, such as the Steinway & Sons piano on which he composed Turandot, autograph scores of youthful compositions (his first work, Preludio a orchestra, re-discovered in 1999, the Mass for four voices dated 1880), many letters from and to Puccini (those from Giulio Ricordi are particularly noteworthy), framed pictures, photographs, sketches, memorabilia and important documents showing the composer’s work, such as page proofs of the librettos of Tosca and The girl of the golden west, rich in autograph notations and musical sketches.
From the donated collections, the costume of Turandot stands out—based on a sketch by Umberto Brunelleschi, worn by Maria Jeritza in the first staging of the opera at the Metropolitan Opera of New York (1926). Thanks to an agreement with Ricordi & C., in a room of the Museum named the Salotto Ricordi, it is possible to admire temporary exhibitions of priceless materials from the Archivio Storico Ricordi.

The Birth Home Museum of Giacomo Puccini is a central element of the Puccini museum, which consists of a journey along the footprints left by the great composer, to rediscover his personality, his genius, and his passion as the creator of extraordinary operas known all over the world.

  • Address: Casa di Cultura Goffredo Parise via verdi 1 31047 Ponte di Piave (TV) tel. 0422 75
  • Visiting Hours: lun 14.30 - 19.00 mar 10.30 - 12.30 / 14.30 - 19.00 mer 16.00 - 22.00 gio 14.30 - 19.00 ven 14.30 - 19.00
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Ponte di Piave (TV)

Goffredo Parise's Culture House

Goffredo Parise has been one of the most important Italian writers of the twentieth century.
Born in Vicenza in 1929, he published his first novel “Il ragazzo morto e le comete” in 1951 and he reached the success in 1954 with the book “Il prete bello”.
Not only is he a novelist but he is also a journalist.
He was the author of many reportage in the 60s , from China to United States, from Vietnam to Biafra as far as Chile.
In 1970 he moved away to a little house along the Piave banks where he wrote “I Sillabari”, his most famous novel, a set of tales about human mood with a prose writing style really close to poetry.
What inspired him was not only the childhood memories but also the places and the people that he had known in that area.
Due to his state of health in 1984 he left the little house along the Piave banks and moved to a house in Ponte di Piave where he died in 1986.
The writer gave his house to the Town Representative on condition that his body was buried in the garden and that his last residence became a Culture Centre named after him.
In this way originated “The Parise's Culture House”: on the first floor there is the Library, on the ground floor the old house where Goffredo Parise spent the last day of his life.
In the house we can see the furnishings and fittings, the clothes and all things that allow us to deepen his biographical knowledge.
There is also a collection of contemporary art, thanks to his acquaintance with the artists of “Piazza del Popolo” School of Rome; the most important are Schifano, Fioroni, Ceroli, Ontani, Angeli, Chia’s paintings and many others.
In the House there is also the Parise's Record, a set of authographs, articles, correspondences about Parise and of Parise, a reference point for many studious of his work.
  • Address: Corso Umberto I, 36 09074 Ghilarza (OR) Tel. +39 078554164
  • Visiting Hours: venerdì, sabato e domenica, ore 10:00 - 13:00 e 15.30 - 18.30
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Ghilarza (OR)

Nella via principale di Ghilarza si trova la casa dove Antonio Gramsci, a partire dal 1898, visse gli anni dell’infanzia e dell’adolescenza con i suoi familiari. Sebbene la casa abbia subito alcuni interventi che hanno modificato la destinazione d’uso dei suoi ambienti, essa rievoca l’immagine di una famiglia che, pur nelle avversità e difficoltà economiche, seppe trasmettere quei valori sui quali si fonda l’intera opera gramsciana.

Nel 1965 il PCI acquistò la casa che fu trasformata, grazie all’opera di intellettuali e uomini di cultura, in “Centro di documentazione e ricerca sull’opera gramsciana e sul movimento operaio”. Fu l'opera instancabile delle nipoti di Gramsci, Diddi e Mimma Paulesu, e di uomini di cultura tra i quali spicca Vando Aldovrandi a riunire nell'associazione ‘Amici della Casa Gramsci’ quegli apporti fecondi che favorirono la trasformazione della casa in museo e la promozione delle celebrazioni gramsciane che il 27 aprile di ogni anno fanno di Ghilarza luogo di omaggio all'uomo, al politico, all'ideologo, al suo pensiero e alla sua opera tradotta in tutto il mondo. Furono sempre queste collaborazioni preziose, tra le quali quella dell'architetto milanese Cini Boeri e della curatrice della prima edizione delle Lettere dal carcere Elsa Fubini, a permettere di allestire nella casa, suddivisa in più ambienti, il percorso museale attraverso documenti, oggetti, foto, reperti e testimonianze preziose che ricostruiscono le tappe più significativa della sua vita. Al piano superiore si trovano le teche dove sono custoditi oggetti, lettere ed immagini della vita di Antonio e una stanza da letto con dei mobili originali della famiglia Gramsci. Dalla cucina del piano terra, in stile sardo, si accede al grazioso cortile interno che porta al centro storico del paese.

Attualmente la casa è sede dell’associazione “Casa Museo di Antonio Gramsci – centro di documentazione, ricerca e attività museali”-, costituitasi ONLUS nel 1999, che ha lo scopo di favorire la migliore conoscenza del pensiero e dell’opera gramsciana attraverso la fruizione del centro da parte dei visitatori, delle scolaresche, degli studenti.

Situata nel palazzo sede della ex pretura, si trova la nuova biblio-mediateca “Mille Ghilarze” con un’importante collezione di volumi sul pensiero gramsciano e sulla storia politica e sociale contemporanea.


  • Address: Località Donnafugata 97100 RAGUSA Tel: 0932.676500
  • Visiting Hours: Monday closed. From Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm. It is possible to stay inside until 7:45pm
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Castello Donnafugata

Nel 1647, il barone Vincenzo Arezzo acquistò la tenuta di Donnafugata da discendenti di casa Cabrera e ne ottenne regolare investitura.
Attorno ad una antica torre di avvistamento si iniziò a formare una masseria con relativa casa padronale dove gli Arezzo controllavano le attività agricole del latifondo.
Nella prima metà dell’800, Francesco Arezzo avviò i lavori di rifacimento per creare un “casino di villeggiatura”. È comunque al figlio Corrado Arezzo De Spucches (1824-1895), che si deve la forma dell’attuale Donnafugata. Il barone, deputato al parlamento di Sicilia nel 1848, Senatore del Regno d’Italia (1861) e Regio Commissario all'Esposizione di Dublino (1865), fu autore di una raccolta di poesie e intenditore di teatro, pittura e musica. La sua villa, sede di mondanità ed eleganza accolse uno dei salotti culturali più noti del Circondario
La nipote Clementina sposò il V.te Gaetano Combes de Lestrade (1859-1918), membro dell’Institut, storico ed economista che a Donnafugata scrisse di politica e diritto internazione e sociologia.
Da Clara (figlia del Lestrade) e dal conte Vincenzo Testasecca, nacque Gaetano, che nel 1982 vendette il Castello al Comune di Ragusa.  
Varie le curiosità. Il Castello occupa una superficie di 2500 mq e si sviluppa su tre piani; dei 120 ambienti sono visitabili solamente una ventina di stanze; degne di nota sono: la biblioteca, la sala degli specchi e la sala della musica. Nel parco monumentale si trova il più vasto labirinto in pietra esistente al mondo. Per regio decreto del 1880 le foglie dei ficus potevano essere spedite come cartoline postali. Per raggiungere Donnafugata fu deviata persino la linea ferroviaria Siracusa-Gela e fu costruita una piccola stazione..
Donnafugata, luogo di memoria, entra nell’arte del cinema per far rivivere le pagine di illustri scrittori. Qui, i fratelli Taviani fissarono un prezioso momento del film “Kaos” (ispirazione pirandelliana) e, Roberto Faenza girò le scene de “I Vicerè”, ispirate al romanzo di De Roberto. Donnafugata accolse anche la narrazione onirica de "L'uomo delle stelle" di Giuseppe Tornatore, per poi diventare il set di alcuni episodi della serie del Commissario Montalbano, tratta dai romanzi di Andrea Camilleri.
Nel castello  è custodita una delle più prestigiose e ampie collezioni di abiti e acccessori antichi. Una serie di mostre temporanee offrono al pubblico una selezione tematica di storia della Moda. Presto sarà aperto nei bassi del Castello il MUDECO (museo del Costume)
  • Address: Villa Silvia-Carducci Stanza del Poeta e Museo AMMI Associazione Italiana Musica Meccanica Via Lizzano 1241 Cesena (FC) Tel. 0547-323425 Fax. 0547 661264
  • Visiting Hours: Summer: Saturday and Sunday 16.00 - 19.00 Winter: Saturday and Sunday 15.00 - 18.00 Tickets included visiting "Museo Musicalia"
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Villa Silvia - Cesena

The Villa, dating back to the eighteenth century, became property of the countess Silvia Pasolini Zanelli in 1874; she held there a salon gathering the intelligentsia from Romagna: writers and journalists such as Nazareno Trovanelli, Paolo Amaducci and Antonio Messeri, or musicians like Balilla Pratella, Achille Turchi and Federico Sarti.
Among them were also the outstanding singer Alessandro Bonci whom the city theatre is dedicated, and the famous poet Giosuè Carducci.
Here Carducci spent long periods of holidays (eleven times between 1897 and 1906) enjoying not only the peace of the park and the mildness but also listening to the music played by the countess and talking to that leading spirit and highly-cultured woman. Here the poet was inspired to write the famous “Ode alla Chiesa di Polenta”; he got so involved with Villa Silvia as to wish that his days would end here. As a token of their bond a plaque remains: it was placed by the Pasolini Zanelli family in 1907, following the poet’s death, in everlasting memory of their admiration and friendship.
The room where Carducci used to live during his stays has remained untouched and can be visited: the furniture, most of his personal belongings and many pictures showing the poet at the Villa are still there.
The Countess Silvia died in 1920; she bequeathed to the town of Cesena the villa and the large green area that surrounds it to host a charitable institution in memory of her son Pietro and of Giosuè Carducci.
Since then and up to today Cesena Town hall has promoted various social and cultural initiatives: over the last fifty years there were a tubercular hospital for children, a nursery school, a recreation centre, other recreational activities and cultural events. Many activities are still taking place here. You can walk through the evocative “Giardino Letterario” surrounding the Villa: your visit will be supported by recorded music and voices telling news, information, anecdotes about the life of the countess and her ties with Carducci and the other frequent guests at the Villa.
Since 2007 the villa is the operative headquarters of the AMMI (Italian Association of Mechanical Music) engaged in dissemination, preservation and restoration of mechanical musical instruments; they hold educational activities for children, workshops and a school of restoration. Beside running one of the richest libraries on musical instruments in Europe, the AMMI has created here a really outstanding museum named “Musicalia”: a tale which takes you through seven rooms from the actual size model of the mechanical War Drum by Leonardo da Vinci to the twentieth century instruments, along five hundred years of music.