Museo Enrico Caruso

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Museo Enrico Caruso

Museo Enrico Caruso
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The Museum of Enrico Caruso is housed in Villa Bellosguardo, where the tenor lived the last period of his brief yet intense life. He choose this location together with Ada Giachetti, when they were happily in love. "... this hillock - writes Caruso - is not made of earth, it's something irreal, that by miracle has appeared out of nothing without getting contaminated by wordly matters." After a century, the landscapes maintains its fascination, in spite of the transformations that occured. The Villa, one of the few with its original structure, was conceived by Giovanni Antonio Dosio and it's surrounded by a park of eight hectares with Baroque's statues, an Italian garden and olives groves. The Museum displays an extraordinary collection of mementos and relics, gathered during forty years by the Associazione Museo Enrico Caruso di Milano, which tells us about the life of an unique and unrepeatable voice, of one of the most famous Italians in the world. Dresses, programmes, pictures, caricatures, which Caruso draw magnificently, phonographs, personal objects bring the visitor nearer to the enchantment of this voice hearable in the rooms thanks to a refined technology. The dream of Brian Sweeny Fitzcarraldo in the movie "Fitzcarraldo" (1982) of building a theatre in the middle of the Amazonian forest in order to let the Indios know Caruso, seems more real in this place. The Museum is dedicated to the tenor Enrico Caruso, but presents at the same time the starting point to a reflection on the evolution of sound technology and fan worship.
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,040 contributions
Only one flaw, but important, during our visit at the Museum.
Apr 2018 • Family
Among the positive elements of this attraction there is, that it communicates to the visitor the information (counter-intuitive) that the only museum dedicated to the tenor Enrico Caruso in Italy (and indeed throughout Europe) is located in Tuscany. There is just another one in New York City (Brooklyn), as it should be, given the intense amount of his performances in that city. But in common sense the widespread feeling is that this cosmopolitan artist (1873-1921), born and died in Naples, has little to do with Tuscany; instead it's the opposite. Probably this is also because the mate for many years of Caruso, and mother of two of his children, the soprano Ada Giachetti, was from Florence.
Transferred from the Caruso family to more owners in row, and deprived of all its furnishings - as I understand, in recent times, in 1979 - the villa with its park was finally commendably purchased by the Municipality of Lastra a Signa in 1995; the Museum was opened in 2012. It is also member of the Society of the so-called "Case della memoria" (Houses of memory), the residences linked to the life of famous Italian men of the past.
During our visit, unfortunately, a basic and distinctive Museum's feature, that is the sophisticated multimedia devices - essential for the memory of a man who has lived on music and song - usually available, were out of order, as we have been told because an electric short circuit. We don't know when this problem occurred and especially when it will be solved; sure is that this flaw can not do without affecting our rating.
Without this problem, our judgment would have been fully positive. In fact we don't attribute great importance to the fact that the huge Italian garden surrounding the villa is rather neglected; it can also be evocative, compared to the perfection of other Tuscan villas' gardens. But the failure of multimedia devices is really harmful for the museum, reducing its nine rooms to a rather static collection of objects and documents (however interesting).
Luckily, the captions (bilingual, Italian and English) are well done, both in the Museum as in the garden; and we still recommend using the museum audio guides (available in four languages), included in the ticket price (5 euros).
Written 2 April 2018
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Marcia Endler
Sao Paulo, SP69 contributions
This place is not well kept unfortunately
Mar 2017 • Family
Such a shame that such a beautiful villa is so poorly kept. I did not visit inside the museum. I only visited the house on the outside and the gardens. It is a nice place to visit, but with a rundown feeling. If you don't have time to spare I wouldn't recommend it.
Written 27 March 2017
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FortyninerAustralia
Australia20 contributions
Amazing Views over Florence
Sep 2015 • Friends
Delicious food & Hospitality. On arrival we received a warm welcome and our waitress, the Owner & The Chef went out of their way to accommodate us.
Written 23 September 2015
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behonest1
behonest124 contributions
Worth the trip
Sep 2015 • Solo
Very interesting. Beautiful place. This museum is based in a wing of Caruso's enormous holiday villa. Alot of atmosphere and ghosts of the past. Interesting exhibits even if you know nothing about the man.
Garden as nice but dont expect them to be well maintained. They arent. The gardens are over grown in parts and alot of walls / structures are falling apart. A bit sad but the money it must take to keep this place open must be considerable. Euro 5 entrance is reasonable. Nice Director of Museum. Thank you.
Written 11 September 2015
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Professional-Pilgrim
Alberta, Canada1,371 contributions
Delicious lunch in the restaurant
Sep 2012 • Friends
Beautiful garden, and wheelchair accessible. We had pasta, crostini, good wine, and a tasty dessert.
Written 7 October 2012
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