MUSEO REGIONALE SARO FRANCO – ADRANO

 
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The museum reveals itself to visitors inside the rooms of the Norman Castle of Adrano, a fascinating and severe donjon, built in the Middle Ages and surrounded, in the Aragonese period, by a rampart with four corner towers. Abandoned to a progressive decay, the ancient building was restored and, at the end of the fifties of the twentieth century, destined as a museum to house the archaeological heritage coming from occasional recoveries, donations and, over time, from scientifically conducted excavations in the Adranite territory. and in the nearby areas by the Archaeological Superintendence of Syracuse and the Superintendency for cultural and environmental heritage of Catania. In this sense, the enthusiasm, dedication and culture of two great men were fundamental: the archaeologist and superintendent Luigi Bernabò Brea and the professor Saro Franco, to whose memory the Museum is named.

 

Today the structure preserves and exhibits important archaeological collections dating from the Neolithic age (6500 - 3500 BC) to the Middle Ages (11th century AD), but also historical-artistic, ethno-anthropological and bibliographic collections.

 

More specifically, the prehistoric materials from the Neolithic settlements in the territories of Adrano, Centuripe and Ramacca are exhibited in the halls on the ground floor of the Castle, as well as finds from the Copper Age from the Etna area and ancient bronze from the lava flow caves. As time passes, the exhibition closes with the cinerary urn found in Piano della Fiera in the territory of Paternò (10th century BC). The first floor exhibits contexts from the archaic and classical periods. These include the rich documentation from Adrano's Mendolito: capitals and column shafts in lava stone, numerous local pottery in the style of Licodia Eubea, Greek-made vases, bronze ornaments and weapons and a reconstruction of a portion of the room with amphorae Corinthian type and cd type transport Ionic-Massaliota, the result of excavations carried out in 2009-2010.

 

The second floor, dedicated to the Hellenistic period, illustrates the Greek city of Adranon through the testimonies from the inhabited area and its necropolis: achromatic, red-figure and black-painted ceramics, terracotta figurines, loom weights, oil lamps, coins.

On the third floor are exhibited the finds of the Roman and late antiquity and the ethno-anthropological collections, while the fourth houses the historical-artistic section and the bibliographic. The latter includes the rich "Fondo Imbarrato" which also includes ancient and valuable volumes published between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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