Luigi Pirandello House Museum

Discover the house of Luigi Pirandello, Nobel Prize-winning dramatist, novelist, and poet, in the Caos district of Agrigento, overlooking the sea.

Overview

The birthplace of the famous Sicilian playwright Luigi Pirandello (1867 - 1936) welcomes a vast collection of photographs, reviews and awards, first editions of books with autographed dedications, paintings, and posters of the most famous works, as well as temporary exhibitions dedicated to the Master. Overlooking the sea, on the outskirts of Agrigento - immerse yourself in the atmospheres that surrounded Luigi Pirandello’s childhood years.

Your ticket gives you access to the house museum and the library.

 

Luigi Pirandello’s Birthplace

The birthplace of Luigi Pirandello is located in the "Caos” country district. Overlooking the sea, the house is on the border between the territory of the municipality of Agrigento (4 km) and that of the municipality of Porto Empedocle. It can be reached by taking road SS 115 in the direction of Villaseta.

The house was originally a rural building from the end of the 18th century, given to the family Ricci Gramitto, the writer's maternal ancestors. Here, Caterina Ricci Gramitto, Luigi’s mother, had taken refuge to escape the serious cholera epidemic that raged in Sicily in 1867. After having been passed to other owners following the economic downfall of the Pirandello family, the building was damaged in 1943 by the explosion of a nearby ammunition depot. It was declared a national monument in 1949. After the acquisition by the region of Sicily in 1952, renovations were undertaken that gave the place its current appearance.

The rooms of the upper floor with views of the surrounding countryside house personal objects, photographs, awards, reviews, letters, manuscripts and first editions of autographed books with dedications, posters of the most famous works of the great writer from Agrigento and the Greek vase that was used to transport his ashes from the Verano cemetery in Rome to Agrigento. The ground floor periodically hosts temporary exhibitions dedicated to the Maestro.

Since 1987, the birthplace forms one institution together with the Luigi Pirandello library that is based in Agrigento (Via Imera).

The final resting place: A nearby path crosses the countryside and leads to the place of Pirandello's pine tree, which unfortunately no longer exists because it was severely damaged by a storm in 1997. Here, fulfilling the desire expressed by the writer in his will, a rock that was shaped by the sculptor Marino Mazzacurati houses the urn with the ashes of Luigi Pirandello.

 

Luigi Pirandello Library

The Luigi Pirandello Library is a multimedia center documenting the Sicilian playwright. It preserves a remarkable variety of documents including monographs, rare and valuable materials, periodicals. Of great interest are the autograph documents, mostly collected by Pirandello's heirs: About 5000 documents, many of which are still unpublished, including letters, theatrical scripts, and typescripts, fragments, newspaper clippings and various personal memorabilia, in particular Pirandello’s 1936 Fascist party membership card, his membership card of the Royal Academy of Italy, his 1889 Bonn university booklet, his Bonn and Coazze notebook.

Opening Hours

Luigi Pirandello House:

Address: Contrada Caos; Strada Statale 115; Localita Villaseta; Agrigento; Sicily

From 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Tomb of the writer: Visit possible from 9:30 am to one hour before sunset

 

Luigi Pirandello Library:

Address: Via Imera; Agrigento; Sicily

Open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, Wednesday and Thursday also from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Closed on January 1

 

Ticket Office: Last access half an hour before closing.

Please note: The explanations for items exhibited are in Italian.

 

Prices

Only full ticket

Cancellation Policy

Once a confirmation code has been assigned to your reservation, we can refund the cost of unused tickets, also for no-shows, minus a service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).

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