Guided tour regional gallery bellomo

extraordinary Museum of ancient art in the city that preserves the Annunciation by Antonello da Messina
The wonderful Museum of ancient art is located right in the heart of Ortigia, right near Piazza Duomo and the Fonte Aretusa. It preserves the huge painting by Antonello da Messina “The Annunciation”, depicted on board in 1474 and then transported on canvas, painted for the Church of the Annunciation in Palazzolo Acreide.




Via Giuseppe Maria Capodieci 16, Siracusa, SR, 96100

37.0587655 – 15.2918188


On Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 10:30.
Meeting point: bookshop (20 minutes before the start of the visit).

Full ticket: € 15.00
Children ticket: € 10.00 (6-12 years)
free (0-5 years)


Guided tour

not included

entrance tickets

The departure of the excursion is subject to the achievement of a minimum group of 5 global participants for the day. If the departure is not confirmed, it will be our staff’s concern, to warn our guests in good time.

Full ticket: € 15.00
Children ticket: € 10.00 (6-12 years)
free (0-5 years)


Guided tour

not included

entrance tickets

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The collections of Palazzo Bellomo Gallery are significant and have an exceptional value.

The painting of Antonello da Messina is one of the most famous and interesting works of its professional path, it represents the perfect balance among Flemish painting components, clever use of geometrical perspective and huge dimensions typical of the classical Italian Reinassance style.

In the same room, are displayed two sculptures with a stylish pose and a gentle expression, attributed to Domenico Gagini; then an important illuminated manuscript made by unknown author dated to the 15th century Flemish production, and a beautiful tombstone dedicated to Giovanni Cabastida (governor of the Regional Chamber).

The museum’s paintings collection is very rich of works. Note for instance, the Madonna Entrhoned with Child between the Saints Eulalia and Caterina d’Alessandria realized by Pedro Serra; he was a Catalan artist of the 14th century, who showed the Valencian-Catalan art influences found in Siracusa.

And more two important works of the 15th century: two panels of Saint Lorenzo and its life’s stories, renowned as San Lorenzo Retablo, and six panels of Jesus transfiguration that formed a polyptych.





The canvasses of the late 16th century are by Mario Minniti, Syracusan painter whom was strongly influenced by Caravaggio. The two men built a friendly and work-based relationship in Rome, and when Caravaggio fleeing Malta was hosted by Minniti in Siracusa in 1608.

Then the painting of the Immaculate and Saints Chiara, Francesco, Antonio Abate, Barbara and Maria Maddalena is by Guglielmo Borremans. He was born in Antwerp in 1672, but due to its artistic compositional vivacity he gained great regard in Palermo and in all Sicily.

The Regional Gallery is very rich of Sicilian icons, works of Cretan-Venetian and Slavic painters so-called “Madonneri”, dating from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

Wonderful piece of Norman mosaic technique is the marble tablet with lions, related to Islamic depictions and similar to those beautifully represented in the Palatine Chapel in Palermo.

The collection treasure also three incredible plates of “Loza dorad”, the typical Valencian majolica with a lustre effect, that combines Arab and Western culture elements.

Moreover in Palazzo Bellomo there is a significant exhibit of Christmas Crib statues made in wax, ceramic, stucco and papier-mache with a particular historical and artistic value, dated to the 18th-19th century.

It’s also exposed a plan of Ortigia composed by five wooden and cork-based panels, accurately depicted with roads, fortifications, civil and religious buildings, and urban changes following the earthquake of 1693. This floor plan was and is part of a ten strongholds models series realized by cartographer and collector Giovanni Carafa, commissioned by Carlo of Bourbon King of the Reign of Naples.


Entrance fees: The cost of the entrances to the archaeological areas is not included in the cost of the excursion unless otherwise specified. Admissions are to be paid extra on site. Syracuse Archaeological Park € 10.00, Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum € 8.00, Bellomo Regional Gallery € 8.00. Free admissions from 0 to 18 years.

Reductions from 18 to 25 years (February 2019 Rates):
Quotas and programs may be subject to changes in the itinerary or program during the season due to force majeure or adverse weather conditions.

Cancellations: the cancellation notified before 24 hours from the departure foresees the total reimbursement of the price; the cancellation communicated after does not provide for any refund.


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