Ethnographic Museum of Arberesh Culture

Musei Demoetnoantropologici

The building that houses the museum is located in the historic centre of San Costantino Albanese. On the ground floor there is the library of Albanian culture, the iconographic exhibition of the master Josif Droboniku, author of the icons that adorn the municipality’s Mother Church, and the Arbëresh Nativity scene. On the first floor, however, you can visit the collection of objects of rural culture, the precious traditional Arbëresh costumes and the loom for processing and weaving broom.

Museum of Arberesh Culture

Musei Demoetnoantropologici

The Museum of San Paolo Albanese presents the extraordinary heritage of traditions of the Arbëresh communities that have lived in the territory of the Pollino National Park for over five centuries. Objects, images, stories, songs and films offer visitors an exciting and unmissable journey into the history and culture of the Arbëresh: from the broom processing cycle, to everyday objects, costumes and songs.

Museo delle Antiche Genti di Lucania and the sites of Serra and Rossano

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By enhancing local resources, following a more innovative concept of local museum, the Museum of the Ancient People of Lucania in Vaglio Basilicata exhibits evocative virtual reconstructions of the main archaeological sites scattered around the area.

According to the concept of ‘museo diffuso’, and extended, open-air museum, the archaeological sites of Serra and Rossano have been added to the tour. Rossano’s site boasts a sacred area with an extraurban sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Mefitis (a highly venerated goddess of waters), founded in the second half of the 4th century BC and inhabited until the early Roman age. On Mount Serra San Bernardo, in Serra di Vaglio, the remains of an ancient settlement, whose origins date back to the 8th century BC, have been found. Several archaeological finds and terracotta pots, of ancient Greece style and dating from the 6th to the 4th centuries BC, have also been discovered.

The casa-grotta and The Museo Laboratorio della Civiltà Contadina

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The casa-grotta is the traditional cave-house of the Sassi of Matera where peasants’ families used to live at least up the post-war period. Today, some of them can be visited.  Carved out of the tuff, these ancient cave-dwellings were made up of one room, with a wide opening at the entrance. They served as a shelter for both men and animals. Under the floor, a cistern was generally found.

The Museo Laboratorio della Civiltà Contadina (Museum Workshop of the Peasant Culture) is housed in one of these 8th-century cave-houses, which has gone through extensive restoration. You can visit the kitchen, the cistern to collect rainwater, the stable and the manger, where ancient tools and furniture are displayed.

Casa delle Muse Sinisgalli in Montemurro

Covering almost 200 square meters, it offers visitors the chance to discover one of the most complex and original personalities of the twentieth century.
Headquarters of the Sinisgalli Foundation, the Casa delle Muse Sinisgalli (‘House of the Sinisgalli Muses’) includes the library of the “engineer poet”, rebuilt in one of the rooms and which houses 3,000 volumes, his desk and the famous oil portrait by the painter Maria Padula.
The following exhibitions are also currently open to visitors: “La soffitta di Sinisgalli” (‘Sinisgalli’s attic’), on the material (documents, objects, volumes, etc.) found in the cellar and in the attic; “Intimo Sinisgalli”, on the fund acquired by the Foundation from Agnese De Donato (30 drawings, photographs, manuscripts and unpublished poems) and “Elogio dell’Entropia” (‘In praise of Entropy’) on the discovery of 42 absorbent papers, of considerable artistic interest.