Museo Archeologico di Palazzo Varisano
On the far side of Piazza Mazzini from the cathedral is the Museo Archeologico di Palazzo Varisano, which has a good, if small,...
The cathedral is a catalogue of Graeco-Roman remains, medieval walls, Gothic doors and apses, Renaissance artwork and baroque carvings.
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Lonely Planet review
The Museo Alessi houses the valuable contents of the cathedral's treasury. It was unfortunately closed in April 2007 due to a lack of funds, and locals and visitors are eagerly awaiting its reopening, which will happen as soon as the lacking funds are found.
The museum's collection was originally the property of Canon Giuseppe Alessi (1774-1837), who left the collection to his brother with the intention that he then donate it to the Church. Eager to make a profit, Alessi's brother sold it to the Church in 1860. Some of the pieces are stunning, such as the golden crown of the Madonna, encrusted with jewels and enamels, by Leonardo and Giuseppe Montalbano; it dates from 1653.