Terracqueo Palermo

Terracqueo, Palermo: a great exhibition

Terracqueo Palermo

Terracqueo is the new exhibition at the Royal Palace that leaves its mark in the heart of those who visit it, leading the visitor along a story that embraces all aspects related to the Mediterranean Sea and its people. Visit it with us! 

A path that immortalizes the Mediterranean identity,: that means all experiences, historical events and cultural meanings that accumunate all the lands overlooking this basin.

Starting from the geological origin of the Mediterranean Sea, the exhibition retraces the origins of man’s relationship with the sea. A sea that has always had a multiple value: the possibility to explore, a source of resources, but also of dangers, represented by the force of nature and enemy populations. The development of these elements over time creates the Mediterranean history.

A sea that has allowed man to migrate, that has always posed the technological problem of boat building, that has been a source of food supply and many other resources (such as obsidian, for example), that has allowed trade, that has been the scene of wars. A sea that today guards the testimonies of what has been in the past and that represents a new archaeological challenge. A sea, finally, that still today proposes the same dynamics of thousands of years ago. A 360 degree study of the Mediterranean that allows us to better understand the present.

Terracqueo Palermo: what to expect

The 324 artifacts (including 12 rostrums, 19 helmets, 65 coins, 20 anchors, 24 amphorae) divided into 8 sections represent an original multidisciplinary path able to involve the visitor from the entrance and bring him into history: a didactic path for everyone.

The introductory multimedia map make usaware of the geological evolution and the geo-political importance of the Mediterranean.

The section dedicated to the First Punic War is unique: among others, 12 rostrums of Roman and Phoenician ships found near Levanzo are on display and the narration is supported by an engaging video installation that allows you to breathe today the electrifying atmosphere of that battle occurred more than 2000 years ago.

This section is particularly touching from an emotional point of view because it also represents the work and research of Sebastiano Tusa, unforgettable lover of archaeological research and scientific divulgation, founder of the Soprintendenza del Mare.

The exhibition is embellished with some finds of international importance, such as the Farnese Atlas, made in the second century AD and on loan from the Archaeological Museum of Naples, the Nereid on Pistrice of the first decades of the first century AD and the Crater of the Tuna Seller, of the first half of the fourth century BC.

Starting from the past, a reflection on the present

The exhibition ends with the section “The Mediterranean. Today”: it is a reportage signed by journalist Carlo Vulpio and photographer Lucia Casamassima and installed by video animation creator Luca Daretti. It is the result of an 8-month long journey in 17 countries that tells us what the Mediterranean is today. This is the section in which the visitor elaborates everything he has stored in the previous stages and becomes aware that the people that we Sicilians feel today “far away” are actually very similar to us, much more than the North Europeans, with whom we have closer relationships today.

The Phoenicians of yesterday are the Lebanese of today: the Mediterranean is not only history, it is topical. The Mediterranean today is Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Turkey, Naples, Palermo, Istanbul, Cairo, Egypt, Israel and Palestine, the Suez Canal, is still today a place of migration, it is the place of Christianity and Islam. The Mediterranean is, today as in the past, a treasure chest of cultural richness.

It is an exhibition that has a great capacity for involvement, with a great didactic value. It allows us Mediterraneans to gain a greater awareness of what we are. At the same time it represents a magnificent business card for those who observe us from outside.

The exhibition is organized by the Federico II Foundation and the Multidisciplinary Scientific Committee established for the occasion, with the collaboration of the Department of Cultural Heritage and the Regional Centre for Restoration. In synergy with Sicilian and national museums and institutions such as, for example, the special collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.

Terracqueo, Palermo: timetables and tickets

The exhibition can be visited from September 16, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

  • From Monday to Thursday: 8h30 – 14h30
  • Friday: 9h00 – 16h30
  • Saturday: 8h30 – 16h00
  • Sunday: 8h30 – 9h30 and 11h30 – 14h30



  • 7€ – Exhibition only
  • 13.50€ Exhibition, Palatine Chapel and Royal Gardens
  • 18€ Exhibition, Palatine Chapel, Royal Gardens, Royal Apartments, King Roger Hall and Pisan TowerTickets can be purchased directly at the ticket office of the Royal Palace and online on the website.

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