Barbarossa Museum Orpheus Sorbellini

OPENED IN 2019 THE ‘ORFEO SORBELLINI’ BARBAROSSA MUSEUM is named after the father of the festival and is located on the second floor of the Palazzo Chigi.

Inside the hall, an itinerary acquaints citizens and tourists with the historical episode, the history of the Festival, the Quarters (Borgo, Canneti, Castello and Prato), the Bishops’ and Archers’ competitions, period newspapers. In the showcases unpublished documents and manuscripts by Orfeo Sorbellini(from the Sorbellini-Saletti collection), documentation of historical fact, material from the early decades of Barbarossa.

Thanks to the contribution of the San Quirico d’Orcia Philharmonic, the Museum also houses the score of the Marcia del Barbarossa, composed by Eugenio Garosi in 1962 for the first edition. On display are the original costumes from the historical pageant of Emperor Frederick I of Swabia and his consort Beatrice of Burgundy, which, once a year are transposed from the Museum for use during the reenactment and historical pageant. In the display cases are the Emperor’s Pitcher and the L’Orfeo award, as well as a banner from the early years of the Barbarossa Autonomous Board.

In the multimedia room, the images and sounds of the Festival from the various eras of the event.

THE BARBAROSSA ORFEO SORBELLINI MUSEUM – on the second floor of Palazzo Chigi (Piazza Chigi, 2) – is open Monday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with free admission.

We inform you that the Barbarossa Museum located on the second floor of Palazzo Chigi will not be open to visitors from 20 to 16 May 2024, due to conservative restoration works.



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