A place where to lose your head :a museum.
Mandralisca Museum in Cefalù. Place of relaxation and inspiration
What comes to mind when you think of a place where to lose your head on vacation? For sure not a museum .
Given that, the first thing that comes to mind are images of white beaches and crystal clear waters. Jewel – cities cradle of history and architecture of the past . Or breathtaking landscapes and unspoiled nature that catapult us into fairytale world.
Surely there are indescribably beautiful places which to fall in love with . But … as Renzo Piano says : there is an other place to lose your head . And this is a museum.. A museum??? Yes my dears ..
What does it mean to “lose your mind for a place”? ..
To begin with, the coolest thing to say about the meaning of losing your head in a place , is that, in that place , we are more in touch with our heart and our freedom. This is the meaning.
Now.. there are times in life when stress takes hold of us and it’s difficult to decompress. Several people turn to yoga or meditation. Some others walk . Others think about a vacation far from daily life.
Specifically, a museum offers a quiete alternative to relax, by staring silently at beautiful works of art.
It contributes significantly to a tourist’s experience of visiting a destination. as a final point , it’s an interesting way to absorb “local colours” .
Around the world there are amazing museums .. and in Sicily we have many also beautiful ones. But today I want to write about an unexpected and sparkling little jewel in a beautiful city. I’m talking about the Mandralisca Museum in the amazing Cefalù.
Mandralisca Museum immerses us in the world of Baron Enrico di Mandralisca, a passionate 19C collector. But it helps also us to enhance our local experience.
Mandralisca Museum is especially known for the magnificent portrait of “Ignoto marinaio” (the Sicilian Gioconda) by Antonello da Messina.
But , there is something for everybody in this cool museum . “Browse” through the different rooms of this “noble house”, to find out more about the meaningful part of Cefalu‘s identity.
A museum is the temple of memories but also the hope that we have for recovering our culture. Besides, it’s the unique keeper of the history and tradition of a territory . Visiting a city without visiting one of its museums , it’s equal to not have discovered the soul of the city.
I agree to someone that wrote that a city that does not have a museum suffer from Alzheimer’s. Because it has no recollection of the past. So, come in Cefalù and visit Mandralisca Museum . It’s a place where to “ loose your head”.
The Museum has also a “pretty” library that worth talking about. It’s a place that have a lot more to offer than just “reading material”. It’s a place where to think over.. About the importance of a book in today’s world of instant knowledge.
What the new generation know about the magic and wonders of a book? Electronic devices are pulling children away from books. .. I would love to learn them how magic is hold a book, flip through its pages, smell the paper.. Dreaming through the words of the author.
Although I love modernity, books remain our prime weapon in the fight against illiteracy and important for our freedom. A book is an instrument of reflection and an important tool of education in all countries .. rich and poor.
A visit in a museum can create more happiness than material goods. Looking at each work of art opens a doorway into the artist’s soul.. But it permits us , also , to relax and enjoy the beauty of art.
Art is more than what meets eyes. Art is a wonderful mean to recharge ourself , get inspired, and let the creative of the artist flood us . Contemplating the meaning of a work of art , you can reflect on yourself, find also peace and tranquillity.
I want to remember you that Mandralisca Museum is in one of the most charming cities of Sicily : Cefalù.
So, if you don’t know it, imagine now a beautiful, historic town in the shadow of a spectacular mountain called “Rocca” that dominates the city. Lying along an enchanting coast, with a wonderful views. From where you can enjoy a fantastic food that tastes of sea and mountains (The Madonie Park ).
And then, the picturesque port “il molo” from which it can be observed part of the walls of the city. With the arches that form the shelter for small fishing boats . And the houses that overlook the beach. Beautiful and romantic scenery typical of a seaside town.
All this is CEFALU’, “pearl of Sicily” and charming and picturesque town . With its romantic Old Town at the end of which stands the magnificent Cathedral Arab-Norman (declared UNESCO’s site) . Its precious Byzantines mosaics on which stands the gigantic Christ Pantocrator (chosen for its beauty as Icon of the year of the Faith during 2013).
In other words, it’s always a pleasure to take a slow walk along the little cobblestone streets of Cefalù.
With this in mind, I suggest to arrive to the Mandralisca Museum Cefalù through an itinerary among monuments and misterious lanes.
Furthermore, admire monuments of great historical, artistic and cultural value. Lost yourself in the alleyways. Remain ecstatic in front of arcades and beautiful scenaries .
Indeed, you can find all this in this city. Here, everything speak of an ages-old past. And the city stands almost as a permanent expo, where you can admire nature’s unique work combined with the genius of the human mind.
To sum up, a museum helps fuel your experience of knowing a country .. I call it experiential tourism . About that, read my article on relational and experiential tourism in Sicily. Click on the following link
And don’t forget .. When in vacation , go visiting a museum .. And it will be amazing loosing your head