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Museo Enrico Caruso

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Via Bellosguardo 54 Villa Bellosguardo, 50055, Lastra a Signa Italy
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Brun066 wrote a review Apr 2018
Florence, Italy9,813 contributions1,004 helpful votes
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).
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Marcia Endler wrote a review Mar 2017
Sao Paulo, SP70 contributions18 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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FortyninerAustralia wrote a review Sep 2015
Australia20 contributions4 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2015
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behonest1 wrote a review Sep 2015
behonest126 contributions30 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2015
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Professional-Pilgrim wrote a review Oct 2012
Alberta, Canada1,372 contributions520 helpful votes
Beautiful garden, and wheelchair accessible. We had pasta, crostini, good wine, and a tasty dessert.
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Date of experience: September 2012
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