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Bellini's childhood home has been turned into a museum in his honor. Manuscripts, letters, historical documents, pianos and photographs are tastefully displayed in the tiny space. True Bellini lovers of course CANNOT miss this stop, and even those with only a passing interest should stop in to learn a bit about Catania's most beloved musician from the guides who themselves are quite knowledgable and passionate about their work.

The sign says: "This house, where Vincenzo Bellini was born, was declared a national monument on November 29th, 1923."

Don't forget to ask about the church across the street. You will hear the story of how Vincenzo would walk, unaccompanied, across the piazza every morning to practice the church's organ - when he was 3 years old.
The church itself houses several candelora for the St. Agata festival, and is itself worth a visit.
All things Bellini: Teatro Massimo Bellini, Bellini's house and Museum, Statue of Bellini, Piazza Teatro Massimo Bellini, Villa Bellini

Directions: At the southern end of Via Crociferi is Piazza Dusmet with a large bronze statue of the Cardinal. On the west side is a VERY unassuming entryway and in the corner of this entryway is the sign shown in the photo. There you are.

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  • Written Apr 1, 2004
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