MUSEUMS ON ISCHIA
Cultural life also includes museums. A variety of these cultural institutions can enrich your knowledge of your holiday destination, where you can always discover something new. Here are some tips to help you with this.
THE MUSEUM AND EXHIBITIONS OF THE HOLY RESTITUTA-Lacco Ameno
The entrance to the museum, founded by the parish priest Don Pietro Monti, stands on the right side of the churchyard. It is a very personal mix of cult objects of the parish church, historical and prehistoric finds and underground excavations. On the ground floor are four rooms with a collection of relics, silver votive offerings, processional crosses, religious ornaments, paintings, nativity scenes, as well as medieval ceramics and Neapolitan statuettes from the 18th and 19th centuries. In the basement one reaches the four zones of the excavations. The first part is a Greek “industrial” zone with a pottery, kiln, decanters from the period 700 – 200 BC. In the second part tombs cut into the ground can be seen. The small altar preserves relics of Sainta Restituta. Furthermore, tombs from pagan times and from the Middle Ages, and Roman marble coffins. The third part is an exhibition of geological pieces, instruments, bowls and crockery from the Bronze Age, finds from the Greek settlement and tombstones. In the last part of the Christian cemetery, surrounded by numerous tombs, which are partly superimposed.
THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF PITHECUSAE-Lacco Ameno
Villa Arbusto, Lacco Ameno Duke of Atri, Carlo D’Acquaviva, had this villa built over the Santa Restituta Square in 1785 on the site of settlements from the Stone Age and Bronze Age. The villa now houses the Archeological Museum of Pithecusae, founded in 1999. Finds from the Greek settlement, such as the Nestor Cup and the shell of the ship’s sink, which came to light in the second half of the 20th century in this area. The villa’s extensive parkland connects Santa Restituta Square with the main road via Lacco Ameno and can be visited. Concerts and exhibitions take place there in the summer.
THE DIOCESAN MUSEUM ISCHIAS-Ischia Ponte
The Museum of Sacred Art was founded in Ischia in 1997 by Bishop Antonio Pagano. In this museum are sculptures, silver and painting works exhibited by various churches of the diocese of the island were provided for this purpose, in particular from the old cathedral, with the archaeological section of the museum located in the Papal Basilica of Sainta Restituta in the municipality of Lacco Ameno located.
THE SEA MUSEUM Ischia Ponte
The museum was founded in 1996. The museum conveys to the visitor the magical atmosphere and way of life of the fishermen, actually what the island lived from before thermal tourism finally prevailed on Ischia in the second half of the 20th century.
CITY MUSEUM OF CASAMICCIOLA TERME-Casamicciola Terme
The museum was founded in collaboration with the National Seismological Service on April 20, 2000 in the communal mansion of the Bellavista, where the rich monograph of the tremendous heritage of 1883 is preserved. The museum not only portrays the tragedy suffered by the people, but also their courage and effort in rebuilding it. Interesting items and high quality material such as the ten oldest geographical maps of the island (1500 – 1600) will be exhibited. The institution is associated with the Geophysical Observatory.
Impressive landmark of Forio d’Ischia, which as a museum reminiscent of a dangerous past on the harbor stands like a mighty guard and exhibits works of art of the local sculptor Giovanni Maltese (1852-1913), who from the community the tower at the end of the 19th century. Got what he then used as a living room and studio. The artist was married to the English painter Fayrer Fanny Jane (1851 – 1926). She returned the tower to the community before her death, where some of her works are also exhibited.
THE FARM MUSEUM-Forio
The farmer’s museum D’Ambra in Forio d’Ischia aims to remain faithful to the sciatica wine tradition. For more than two thousand years, our farmers cultivated this volcanic soil. This museum is dedicated to them, where their lives and customs are documented with photos, objects and instruments.
THE GREEK HOUSE FORIO
The excavation work is not finished yet. So far, a house has come to light in the Punta Chiarito with a multitude of objects dating back to the 5th century BC. are due. It is an extremely important archaeological site that plays a crucial role in the scientific research of Greek settlements in Ischia and the Gulf of Naples.
THE MUSEUM HOUSE-Serrara Fontana
On the wall of one of the many gorges, where the rainwater disappears into the earth without a trace on Ischia, amidst still wild and untouched vegetation, the stones were hollowed out by the peasants to create shelters and storage for their animals and tools. The bricklayer Salvatore Di Meglio inherited it in the 20th century and turned it into a house for himself and his family, where his three children were born. Salvatore lived there for fifteen years. Because of the damp cold in this high area of sciatica in winter he had to leave his stone house. As a consolation, he has managed to fulfill his old dream by transforming his “historic” family home into a museum, which preserves his own craft along with a variety of tools and objects of the ancient times of Sciatica. The museum house is a spontaneous example of folk art sciatica, which you can visit for free. It stands directly in the rock on the main road that leads from Barano to Fontana.