“MARESCOTTI” MUSEUM – SEASHELL MUSEUM
WONDERS FROM AN UNKNOWN WORLD
The presence, in Valverde, of a seashell museum hosting the richest collection in southern Italy fills us with pride and pushes us towards constantly increasing this precious heritage. The museum is able to express humankind’s history through seashells thanks to the late Franco Marescotti, whose name we also gave to the museum as a thank you for transmitting us the passion for these wonderful sea jewels. The inauguration anniversary actually falls on the 100th anniversary of this birth, 1908-2008.
The museum is part of the local circuit of ecological and religious tourism, a natural vocation for our town that includes one of the most famous Holy Mary’s Sanctuaries in Italy and a sub-urban park full of precious Mediterranean scrub.
Valverde’s seashells come from the personal collection of Professor Francesco, an architecture scholar of international importance. He was born in Pesaro in 1908 and he died in San Gregorio di Catania in 1991, he used to teach for both Catania and Firenze’s universities.
The collection was a fundamental part of Marescotti’s possessions and took a lot of space in his house in San Gregorio. Seashells, together with the sea and other testimonies of sea life, were his biggest passion.