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The earthquake of 1968 devastated the entire Belice region and the towns of Gibellina and Poggioreale in particular. New Gibellina is one of Italy’s most interesting landscape architectures. It is a veritable museum en plain air, with dozens of monumental sculptures spread out in its streets and avenues, each giving an interpretation of this art town, built after the earthquake.  

The tour begins with the visit of Alberto Burri’s Cretto, a colossal sculpture superimposed onto the ruins of the old town, which stands in place of the old Gibellina.

The tour continues in Gibellina, with the visit of the Contemporary Art Civic Museum, which has an impressive collection of works, including a collection of paintings by Mario Schifano.

The itinerary proceeds with a walking tour of Gibellina, with the sculptures and architectures that are most characteristic of the town, such as the spheric Chiesa Madre designed by Quaroni, and Pietro Consagra’s Porta del Belice, a fitting symbol of its renaissance.  Gibellina’s new urbanistic conception is the most fascinating aspect of the town, with its colonnades, art-filled avenues and squares.  

After a lunch break in town, the tour continues with the visit of Gibellina’s Museum of Mediterranean Textures, hosting ceramics, fabrics, jewels and costumes from all over the Mediterranean, and an important collection of contemporary art. 

New Gibellina is not a ‘normal’ town, it is a utopia in the making, albeit hanging precariously between the pull of the past and the push of the future. This itinerary will expose you to all the facets of this extraordinary urban and artistic model. 

Tour duration: 6-7h 

Contact us to book this private tour of Gibellina, we will let you know about our availability and answer any questions you may have.

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Gibellina city centre

Contemporary Art Civic Museum

Alberto Burri’s Cretto

Museum of Mediterranean Textures

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Trip Includes: Guided tour, local taxes (if you are a Tour Operator, please contact us for a quote).

Trip Excludes: Admission tickets (€5), lunch

If you are a Tour Operator, please contact us for a quote. Per private party of up to 8 people
price: € 420 /Group

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