Museum of Adrano, archaeology and history under the volcanoMuseum of Adrano, archaeology and history under the volcano


The library was founded by setting up a point of reading in 2001, as an expression of the library's Superintendence for Cultural Heritage and Environmental Catania.

The initial allocation, not large but constantly increasing, included archeology texts and of architecture of castles, and a small group of old books and valuable published between the sixteenth and nineteenth century were already in the museum.

Among them:

the Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto, published in Venice by the heirs of Vincent Valgrisi in 1580 with engraved frontispiece of the architectural kind and full of carvings and friezes.


Ludovico Ariosto
Orlando furioso (frontispiece)
Venice, from the heirs of Vincent Valgrisi, 1580
Ludovico Ariosto
Orlando furioso (table engraved) Venezia, from the heirs of Vincent Valgrisi, 1580

The Jerusalem deliverd by Torquato Tasso, an edition of 1628, with the figured frontispiece of the architectural type , rich in carved tables, and of figured capilettera  and Frontalini. 

The present State of Sicily by Arcangelo Leanti, published in Palermo in 1761 with engraved tables by Bova with illustrated antiporta full of symbologies depicting the important aspects of the island, a land of abundance and venue of kingdoms. The harvests, the sea, the cornucopia, the antiquities, the crown and the symbol of trinacria are so portrayed.

Torquato Tasso 
The Jerusalem delivered
Padova, per Piero Paolo Tozzi, 1628.

Arcangelo Leanti
The present state of Sicily
Palermo, 1761.

Up till now from the historic archive , wanted and cared for years, by the honorary inspector professor Saro Franco, have emerged  works as:

"On old names of the ancient city of Adrano and the site of the Temple of the gods Palici", by Salvatore Petronio Russo. Adernò, 1915.

Prehistoric plants in Adernò. Adrano, tip. Gemma, 1911.

Report of the epidemic cholera in Adernò. Catania, Francesco Galati, 1911.

Consisting is the presence of school texts of starting '900:

Luigi Capuana, First flowering. Reading course. Palermo, Publishing House. Salvatore Biondo, 1908. Reading course for use by primary schools. Palermo, publisher Biondo, 1908.

Giovanni Soli. Everything from the heart. New readings for primary schools. Milan, L. trevisini, s.d

Francesco Carcò. Tasks for vacation and recreational activities for Balilla and the Piccole Italiane. Torino, s.d.

Luigi Capuana
First Flowering
Reading Course for primary Schools.

Giovanni Soli
Everything from the heart
 New readings for primary Schools.

Francesco Carcò
Tasks for vacation and
recreational activities for the "Balilla" and the "Piccole Italiane".

The library also has a small area of music, whose date is between the second half of '800 and the first half of'900. It ranges between the "manuals for the instrumentation for the musical band" and "the theoretical and practical guide to the music dictated".

There are also musical scores, including the Ricordi editions of The Force of Destiny by Giuseppe Verdi, the  score for mandolin and piano by A. Caylus, Evening breezes, edited by G. Ricordi & C. Milan, edition illustrated by Adel Edel, the book of gipsy operetta Zùrika, edited by musical publishing house Pierrot in Milan. 

Evening breezes,
A. Caylus.

gipsy operetta, Pierrot Milano.

The bibliographic heritage, which now consists of 2,500 volumes, in the process of collating, census, registration and cataloging is being studied for the great represented interest , not only for the valuable works, but also for those editions, so-called "modern" post 1830 and who are the mirror of significant historical periods of the first 900.

Editions that show a vision of history, traditions and culture of the territory, that with different facets testify the importance of Adrano as the center of culture with a flourish of scholars and writers. 


The collection of periodicals in the Museum of Adrano testifies, for most part, social and cultural history of the years that go by the last decades of the nineteenth century until the eighties of the twentieth century.

Through the journals, the common experience of a microcosm of the province is divided and described not only through words, but also and especially through the colorful illustrations of covers and captivating advertising images. 

Monthly Magazine of Touring
A.14, n.6
(jule 1908)

The homeland of the Italians. 
Magazine in italian printed in Argentina, edition of 20 September 1920

The delivery of small 
A. 3, n. 52
(24 december 1911)
Strip by A.Rubino

The reading: monthly magazine
“Corriere della sera”
A. 32, n. 1
(1 January 1932).

The morning illustrated
A. 11, n. 40
(7-14 october 1935). Cover designed by Ugo Matania, on the fire  of the Cathedral of Como

Il Balilla.
A. 16, n.52
(25 december 1938)

The newspapers, each one often represented  only by few numbers were all published in Italy, with the exception of a small core printed in Argentina, testimony of so-called "newspaper of migration" circulated among the emigrants and the Italian exiles of the Americas.

The collection grew over time, can not be called a "collection by genre, as are periodicals are very different for both tipology and target audience.

The homeland of the Italians.
(20 september1919)

Quarterly magazine of Tourism and Entertainment Department n.21 - Cover(1959)


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