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“An archaeological freak show”

Museo Faggiano Lecce
Ranked #5 of 98 things to do in Lecce
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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“An archaeological freak show”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

The Museo Faggiano is a private exhibition inside a home whose owner had to dig under his house for repairs one day, and discovered an amazing wealth of hallways, cisterns, and pottery shards in what was once a convent. Two scientific (presumably) researchers helped to restore the place and create a sort of archaeological freak show. You are able to descend a few floors into the earth, where you will see places where the nuns interred bodies, squeezed the blood out of decaying corpses, and buried the bones. You can go upstairs, too, to see some of the rooms where the nuns lived, though the decoration is completely inauthentic, from imitation prehistoric statues and a statue imitating Boticelli’s Venus to contemporary papier mache. Some of the latter you will find in the form of random saints stocked in a room at the top of the stairs leading to the roof. We did not expect this, and so real were the figures that discovering them produced quite a scare. At the very top you can reach a look out and see the surrounding roof tops. The view makes you appreciate the Mediterranean character of Lecce, except that there are no minarets you might be looking out at a casbah. The exhibition is quite amusing, but that this is ranked on Tripadvisor as Puglia’s top museum is a bit of an insult, though I am not sure who it slights most: Puglia, museums, or people who post on Tripadvisor.

Visited April 2014
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Don't Miss this Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

Incredible--could have spent all day there. An old family house that uncovered layers of ruins that will amaze you. You can wander around to your heart's content and keep finding new things to look at. Hidden away in a "residential" area but well worth the search.

Visited September 2013
Thank Gene R
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London, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant unexpected treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

We came upon this wonderful museum in passing and nearly didn't go in as it seemed tiny - in fact it leads up and down over many levels and through many centuries. A fascinating and delightful opportunity to see the history of Lecce displayed through the layers of overbuilding revealed, with an array of artefacts and treasures to spot in every nook and cranny. Once you reach the roof enjoy the most wonderful panorama of this beautiful city. Do not miss this experience if you are nearby!

Visited October 2013
3 Thank JTB139
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Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
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“Best museum to visit in Lecce”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Be sure visit this Museo Faggiano di Lecce - It's an Archeological Museum run locally, and personally by the Faggiano family. This is where they are actively digging and finding more and more ancient ruins inside and underneath their house.

We could talk to the owners and operators for as long as we wanted. They are very hands-on - such a great experience. And, sad when you hear the that the gov't is trying to take it away or control what they do with it.

Kudos to them for enduring such tough conditions and letting the public experience this amazing gem of a find for only 3 euro per person !!

Visited September 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“about 2000 years of "house"......imagine all the uses”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

the story is fascinating......the more they tried to restore the house during the last few decades, the more they discovered. Seems like the world has received a fabulous gift from one family to share this look into hundreds of years. The house now has been miraculously "excavated" to reveal its fascinating past. SEE IT WHILE IT IS THERE!

Visited October 2013
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