Museum of Risorgimento and Resistance – Villa Guiccioli (English)
Updated to: 31/05/2022
NB - Covid-19: entry procedures for museums
The green pass is no longer mandatory from 1 May 2022. It is strongly recommended to wear the surgical mask.
The Museum of Risorgimento and Resistance is closely linked to the moral and cultural life, as well as to the traditions of the city and its land. The institute hosts a series of memories of the Italian history and of the main characters involved in the historical events of the city. Villa Guiccioli, the building hosting this museum, is located on the top of the Ambellicopoli hill; in 1848, this hill was theatre of the historical resistance of the people of Vicenza and other volunteers coming from different Italian Regions, fighting to defend the city.
The collections of the Museum are a unique national heritage and they include interesting and different pieces: the main core of documentation includes press releases, periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, portraits, paintings, prints, diaries, bans and proclamations, decrees, private deeds, coins, medals and decorations, geographical and military maps, melee and ranged weapons, flags and various military equipment.
All these pieces are historically interconnected: the documents and antiques of the collections are an historical proof of the most relevant events of Vicenza, Italy and Europe; among these, there are pieces dating back to the first Napoleonic campaign in 1796, the end of the First World War and the struggle for liberation in 1945; more than half a century of events that changed the political, social and economic panorama in Italy and Europe.
The most attractive and valuable collection is, undoubtedly, the Gabriele Fantoni Collection, donated to the city of Vicenza in different stages between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
The Fantoni Collection of National Risorgimento explores the historical events of Veneto - from the end of the 18th century to the 19th century – through several official deeds (announcements, notifications and proclamations) issued by the political, juridical and administrative power of the Venice authorities between 1848 and 1849. Among the rest, the museum also exhibits autographs and papers that shed a new light on the unknown biographies of many people who defended the lagoon city during the Austrian siege. Special attention also goes to the other collections of patriotic hymns, poems and songs, some of which unreleased, written by minor authors, which give the visitors a hint on the popular patriotic sentiment of that time.
Along with these pieces, there are full collections of Venetian periodicals and newspapers published in 1848-1849. Finally, the printed materials also include more than 4,000 rare booklets published in the second half of the 19th century.
The Library of the institute offers various book collections and historical magazines on different subjects and topics dating back to different historical periods: Napoleonic period, Risorgimento and First and Second World War. These pieces are available to the public for consultation by prior appointment.
Celebration of civil weddings and civil unions
You can book the auditorium of the Villa Guiccioli for the celebration of civil weddings and civil unions.
Privates, concessions for events and shows
Prices and forms available at: http://www.museicivicivicenza.it/it/other/condizioni.php
Where and when
Museum of Risorgimento and Resistance – Villa Guiccioli
Address: Viale X Giugno 115
- september 2023: from 10.00am to 1 pm and from 2.15 to 6.00pm (last admission 5.30pm)
- Winter timetable: from 1 September to 30 June, from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2.15 pm to 5 pm (last entry 4.30 pm)
- Summer timetable: from 1 July to 31 August: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm (last entry 1.30 pm)
Openig hours of the park:
- from October to March: from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 5.30 pm
- da April to September: from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 ame to 7.30 pm
Closing: Monday, 25th december and the 1st of January
Special openings for public holidays 2023: 2nd and 6th January, 9th, 10th, 24th and 25th April, 1st May, 2nd June, 14th and 15th August, 8th September, 1st November, 8th and 26th December
Special openings for public holidays 2024: 6th January
Website: Civic Museums Vicenza
Iat, Tourist reception information
Address: Piazza Matteotti 12
- from September to June: everyday from 9 am to 5.30 pm
- July and August: everyday form 9 am to 6 pm
- closing days: 25th December and 1st January
Booking is mandatory for groups and schools (Olympic Theater and Palazzo Chiericati City Museum):
- Call center 0444964380 (Operating from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, and from 2 pm to 6 pm (closing days: 25th of December and the 1st of January)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- groups (min 10 max 25 people): 10 euro
- schools: 5 euro a class
Infopoint and Ticket Office
Address: Piazza dei Signori
- from 11st December 2021 to 18th April 2022: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm (Monday closed)
- from 19th April 2022: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm (Monday closed)
Website: Consorzio Vicenza è