Villa Arbusto and Archaeological Museum, Lacco Ameno
Manor house "Villa Arbusto" (map) is located on the site of the ancient Greek Acropolis Pithecusa, near the village of mazzolla, where in was built in 1785 by don Carlo Acquaviva, Duke of Arti. After the death of the owner of the estate several times changed owners and by the mid-20th century came to a complete decline.
in 1952, the Villa was bought by film producer Angelo Rizzoli (worked with Frederico Fellini on the films" Sweet life "and" Eight and a half"," Serafino " with Adriano Celentano and many others). Rizzoli restored the Villa to its former glory. It is worth saying that the film magnate has made a great contribution to the improvement of the town, which he chose for residence. His money was restored baths, built several hotels, a renovated area of Santa Restituta. In one of the rooms of the Villa there is a small exhibition dedicated to the memory of Angelo Rizzoli. After the death of the producer in 1970, the Villa was put up for sale by his heirs, in long anticipation of buyers was empty and gradually came to desolation.
the idea of using the abandoned estate for the Museum belongs to Professor Vincenzo Menella, mayor of Lacco Ameno. During the conference dedicated to the ancient world, held in the town in 1978, he organized a visit to the Villa for the participants. Present At the conference, the President of the province of Giuseppe Iacono immediately agreed to allocate funds for the purchase of the Villa and the arrangement of the Museum of excavations in it. However, for various reasons, the project lasted for two decades - the Museum was opened on April 17, 1999.