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Piccolomini and Petrarch Museum

The Petrarchesco Piccolomineo Museum houses the collection of illuminated manuscripts, printed books and ancient works of art that Count Domenico Rossetti de Scander bequeathed to the Trieste Public Library in 1842.
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Second only to the foundation set up by Willard Fiske in the nineteenth century at Cornell University Library in Ithaca (NY - USA), the collection is richly endowed with 15th century manuscripts and editions, purchased from Umberto Saba's «Libreria Antiquaria» in the Thirties.

It includes two pairs of wedding chests from the Tuscan School, painted in the second half of the fifteenth century with depictions in Late Gothic style of Petrarch's Triumphs. One of the many fascinating prints shows the impressive Piccolomini family tree.
Among the manuscripts is Petrarch's Lives of Illustrious Men, transcribed in Venice in 1433, and a manuscript of the Triumphs, produced by the humanist Felice Feliciano.
Museo petrarchesco piccolomineo
The museum owns the first editions of Petrarch's Canzoniere and Triumphs, printed by the German, Wendelin of Speyer, in Venice in 1470.

The important manuscript collection includes a letter signed by Enea Silvio and some unique fifteenth century documents, such as the 1477 incunable containing letters by Pius II to cardinals and his family, and the Cologne edition of the secular and pontifical letters, in which Enea Silvio Piccolomini tells of a journey to Germany where he saw for the first time the 42-line Bible printed by Gutenberg using movable type.
Group booking
The group leader must ensure interpersonal distancing of at least one meter between members, except for cohabiting groups.
In consideration of the organization of the spaces of the individual museum structures, the composition of each group is allowed:

in the maximum number of 15 people for the Revoltella Museum, the Winckelmann Museum of Antiquities, the War Museum for Peace "Diego de Henriquez", the Risiera di San Sabba-National Monument, the Castle of San Giusto - Armeria and Lapidario Tergestino to the Lalio Bastion;

in the maximum number of 10 people for the "Carlo Schmidl" Theater Museum, the Sartorio Museum, the Museum of Oriental Art, the Museum of the Risorgimento and the Oberdan Memorial, the Documentation Center of the Foiba di Basovizza, the Museum of Natural History;

in the maximum number of 5 people for the Swabian Museum, the Joyce Museum, the Petrarchesco-Piccolomineo Museum.

Reservations (max 1 group every 15 minutes) can be made from the home page of the single Museum which directs interested parties to the Midaticket portal; to the e-mail address of the individual Museum; by calling the Museum directly during opening hours.
E-MAIL RESERVATIONS ARE ACTIVATED FOR THE FOLLOWING MUSEUMS
Civico Museo Sveviano - www.museosveviano.it - e-mail museosveviano@comune.trieste.it

Civico Museo Joyciano - www.museojoycetrieste.it - e-mail museosveviano@comune.trieste.it

Civico Museo Petrarchesco Piccolomineo - www.museopetrarchesco.it - e-mail museopetrarchesco@comune.trieste.it

Civico Museo del Risorgimento - www.museorisorgimento.it - e-mail info@leganazionale.it

Centro di Documentazione della Foiba di Basovizza - www.foibadibasovizza.it - e-mail info@leganazionale.it

Civico Orto Botanico - www.ortobotanicotrieste.it - e-mail ortobotanico@comune.trieste.it [TEMPORARILY CLOSED]
Museo petrarchesco piccolomineo (Petrarchesco Piccolomineo Museum)
via Madonna del Mare 13
tel. +39 040 675 81 84 - +39 040 675 82 00
fax +39 040 675 81 94
museopetrarchesco@comune.trieste.it

admission fee
opening hours and admission price on the museum website


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