Paolina Bonaparte Villa Museum

The historic villa commissioned by Napoleon's sister, Paolina Bonaparte, houses the Alberto Carlo Blanc Prehistoric, the Archaeological and human Museum, the Giovanni Ciuffreda Museum of Musical Instruments and the studio used for more than 50 years by the Viareggio painter Alfredo Catarsini, located in the north turret of the attics of the villa.

The Alberto Carlo Blanc Archaeological and Human Museum is located on the ground floor and was established in 1974 by the municipal administration. It collects prehistoric finds from the archaeological areas of north-western Tuscany, in an area between the Serchio and Magra rivers.

The exhibition is arranged chronologically; each section is introduced by an extensive environmental reconstruction and enriched by descriptive panels, images, dioramas, casts and models. A large section is dedicated to the methodologies of archaeological research, the evolution of man, the chronology and evolution of the environment in the Quaternary.

A part of the Villa houses the collection of musical instruments by Giovanni Ciuffreda, a doctor and music lover who lived in Viareggio. There are about 400 instruments from various ages, from the 1600s to the present day, and from various origins: Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas, which Ciuffreda donated to the Municipality of Viareggio in 1994. The majority of the instruments are of the popular type, with a great ethnological value, but there are also classical instruments.

The studio, located in the attic, has remained as it was left by the painter and is reminiscent of artistic ateliers such as those in Paris.


Via Machiavelli, 2
55049 Viareggio LU



Single ticket: Full € 3.00 | Reduced € 2.00

Single ticket (for the Museums of the City of Viareggio *):

  • Full € 10.00
  • Reduced € 5.00 (over 65, disabled people, military and law enforcement, students, COOP members, Touring Club Italiano members)
  • Free for children under 14

* Lorenzo Viani Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery - Villa Paolina Bonaparte Museum - Alberto Carlo Blanc Archaeological and Human Museum - Alberto Gianni Maritime Museum

The single ticket has no time limit, the visitor must keep it until all visits to the three locations have been completed.

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