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The lace Museum at the Villa Tigullio: photos, description (Museo del merletto e Villa Tigullio)

The Museum, located in Rapallo, is the only one in Liguria, almost entirely devoted to Babin lace, which was produced in different places of the Riviera del Levante, beginning from the 16th century. It was opened in 1997. Among the nearly 1,500 exhibits of the Museum are various artifacts 16-20-th centuries, Babin lace and lace, made by other technologies, sketches, fabric swatches, embroidery, vintage cushions of lace, clothes, accessories, etc. a Big part of lace, exhibited in the Museum, taken from the vaults of the world famous manufactory Mario Zennaro, founded in 1908, the year in Rapallo. Attraction of the Museum is a huge panel (8 m in length and 1.15 m in width), consisting of lace and mosaic with traditional characters for the Comedy del Arte, made in 1964, the year the Illustrator Lele Luzzati for American cruise liner.

The Museum is located in an elegant building of the Villa Tigullio, surrounded by a beautiful Park Casale with sea views. The Villa was built in the 17th century by the Spinola family as a family residence and a naval fortress. In front of the Windows of the building stretched a large lawn with stunning views over the Bay of Tigullio. Around the house there is a Park Casale with rare species of plants and numerous feathered inhabitants. Today at the Villa in addition to the lace Museum, which occupies the first and ground floors, there is an international library, established in 1957, the year. The library has collected about 50 thousand volumes, divided into Italian, English, French, German, and Spanish sections. The Italian section can offer readers the books of the early 20th century, rare editions of Rapallo and the local newspaper, printed in 1908-1941-m years. In the English section, you can find travel guides of the 19th century and rare bibliographic editions. The French section is famous for its illustrated editions of the early 20th century, and in the Spanish section holds works of classical and contemporary literature. Recently started formation of a Russian section.