Around Museum - Landing (Ecomuseum, The "Arsenale della Marina Regia" and Acquasanta Neighborhood)
Enjoy a tour through a popular and fascinating ancient neighborhood of the coastal area of Palermo! Acquasanta (holy water) has also a lot of interesting places related to the industrial history of the city and the sea.
The tour starts at the Royal Arsenal, the second site of the Ecomuseum MARE MEMORIA VIVA. In the Museum a multimedia exhibit narrates stories related to the harbour, the sea and the shipyards of Palermo.
During the walking tour - through Via Cristoforo Colombo, Via dei Cantieri and Via Gulì to Acquasanta - we will visit impressive places related to the Industrial history of the town and its sea and hear some evocative stories about them: The Bourbon Arsenal, Tirrenia's Warehouse, Shipyards and some other buildings, erected during the Fascist Era (the "Casermetta della Real Marina", the "Casa Rionale del Fascio", the "Dopolavoro"..), the Tobacco Factory, Activities and Places associated to Florio's Family. The tour provides a beautiful and uncommon view of the city's coast from the northern dock in Acquasanta harbour. We will discover the popular and suggestive story of Acquasanta neighborhood and its "Cimitero Acattolico" (Non-Catholic Cemetery). The place was originally a lazzaretto (leper hospital) and then became a burial place for foreigners of non-Catholic religion.
The walking tour ends at Villa Igea, one of the Florio's liberty mansion, converted now in a luxurious hotel.
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