National monument
bill n 213 of 20 december 2017

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The Giacomo Matteotti House Museum

The Giacomo Matteotti House Museum was set up under Law 255/2004 and has been nominated as an important cultural location (according to art.10, comma 3 letter d of the Cultural Heritage Code) in that it maintains elements of the daily family life of one of the protagonists of 20th century history.
Giacomo Matteotti lived in this house, and after his death it continued to be the family home for his mother Isabella Garzarolo, his widow Velia Titta and his children Giancarlo, Matteo and Isabella. It was renovated according to the previously mentioned law 225/2004, and it was left by the children to the Accademia dei Concordi, while it is managed by the Fratta town council, according to an agreement between the owners and the town council drawn up on 26/6/2010. It was opened to the public in 2012. The town council deliberated on 13/6/ 2006 that there should be an advisory scientific committee to manage it, and on 21/3//2012 that there should be a set of regulations, including a Director. All these jobs are done by volunteers.

The agreement signed in 2016 with the History Department of the University of Padua (DiSSGea) ensures the scientific et accademic connections needed by the Home Museum.

The small side door has a   symbol in relief with the motto which Matteotti chose also for his headed notepaper: foris pugnae intus timores (without were fightings within were fears), taken from the New Testament, St Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians.

The building can be found in the Veneto Land Registry (1775) as a two storey house with the main entrance on the south facade, two windows on both sides, and two windows on both floors of the house on the east facing side. Later land registries during the Napoleonic era (1808-1810) and the the Austrian (later Austro-Italian) have a building divided into three parts, each with its own garden. Girolamo Matteotti, Giacomo’s father, became the sole owner of the property in 1895.The extension of the building can be dated back to the first decades of the 20th century. This consisted of a loggia of concrete pillars, used to store tools (now the entrance to the Museum), and a balcony, with a concrete decorated balustrade on the first floor. The villa and garden are surrounded by a wall with pedestrian and vehicle entrances.
The architecture is that of a country villa: a large central hall, with rooms leading off from both sides and the staircase between floors. The three floors of the building are defined by the rectangular or octagonal windows on each side and each floor, including the second-attic floor. Stone is used in the facade, to outline the rounded arch door on the ground floor and the one on the first floor, which opens onto a small balcony. Stone has also been used on the window sills of the north and south facades.
Renovation work included emergency stairs and a lift to the left of the main building. Each facade has a Greek-style fret, made of pre-fabricated concrete elements, positioned at the level of the second floor ceiling, showing the division of the floors. The pavilion roof has a plastered brick cornice which provides a decoration to the upper part of the house. The four main chimneys can be seen on the north and south facades.

The garden

The garden and driveway are protected as cultural heritage representing a typical rural landscape. On the left we can see indigenous plants (poplars, cypresses, plane trees) while on the left there are adventitious plants: pine, fir and sequoia trees.
Giacomo lived in this house with his parents, his wife Velia Titta (1890-1938) who he married in civil ceremony in 1916, and with their children: Giancarlo (1918-2006), Matteo (1921-2000) who were both social-democratic politicians, and Isabella (1922-1994). Matteotti’s body was laid out in the main room of the ground floor, after his coffin was brought by train at dawn on 21 August 1924, and the funeral procession left from here for the burial in the local cemetery.

The Museum-House is where the annual ceremony is held to commemorate the murder of Giacomo Matteotti. It also houses a exhibition of photographs and documents (in digital version too) concerning the life and tragic death of the politician. There are also conferences held there, revolving around this protagonist of the early 20th century, a paladin of democracy, freedom of thought and social justice.

The House Museum has multimedia which gives visitors a varied approach to the figure of Matteotti and the place he lived in.

Maria Lodovica Mutterle

(…) Coming back to these rooms where we shared our first emotions gives me a feeling of great melancholy which I can’t overcome. I can still see you in the kitchen or garden and want to wait for you there as I always did. The children are always asking me where you are (…)
Letter from Velia to Giacomo , Fratta Polesine, 16th May 1923

Visit

The Giacomo Matteotti Museum opens up the personal and political life of one of the protagonists of 20th century Italian history. He was born in Fratta Polesine and this town contributed to his political ideas and development.

According to Bill n 213 of 20 december 2017 the House-Museum has been assigned the status of national monument, because of its exceptional historical and political importance.
The Matteotti Archive et the Library, apart from a few books, was transferred to the Filippo Turati Foundation of historical studies in Florence many years ago, before the building was renovated.

The Museum has been created inside the house where the Matteotti family lived from the end of the 19th century. The villa is now the property of the Rovigo Accademia dei Concordi , left to this association by Matteotti’s children, and it has been renovated and transformed into a museum, while strictly adhering to the original structure, layout and furniture of when Matteotti lived there.

When his body was found not far from Rome in August 1924, the coffin was brought back to Fratta and the body laid out in the main room on the ground floor – a room still present in the house today- before being taken to the local cemetery for the funeral .

We can say that everything in these rooms brings to mind the life and death of one of the fathers of our democracy, who deserves to be known above all by the younger generations.

Opening hours

Saturday, sunday and public holidays
from 10 o’clock to 12.30 and from 3 pm to 6.30

Guided tours (for individual visitors)
at 12 am and 5 pm

Also open on
1st November, Easter Monday, 25th April, 1st May , 2nd June, 15 August, and 26 December.
La Casa-Museo è chiusa il 25 dicembre e il 1° gennaio

School groups can book a visit during the week, with guided tours of specific interest.

Special commemorative events for Matteotti and the town of Fratta Polesine are organized on the appropriate dates.

Tickets

Adult: € 3.00
Concession: € 1.50 under 18, over 65, groups of 25 and above
Free: children under 6, authorized journalists, military in uniform, disabled vistors and their escorts, licensed tourist guides

FRATTA CARD
€ 4.00, includes entrance to the Giacomo Matteotti Museum, Villa Badoer and the Archeological Museum
Valid for one month.

Photo gallery

Where we are

Giacomo Matteotti House Museum
Via Ruga 3
45025 Fratta Polesine (RO)

How to get there

From Padua and Bologna
A13 Motorway, exit Rovigo Sud-Villamarzana, continue on the SS 434 Transpolesana, direction Verona, exit Villa Badoer-Fratta Polesine

From Verona or Rovigo
SS 434 Transpolesana, exit Villa Badoer-Fratta Polesine

Street View

Contacts

Casa-Museo Giacomo Matteotti
Via Ruga 3
45025 Fratta Polesine (RO)

Information and Booking at:
Aqua S.r.l.
Fratta Polesine branch
366 3240619
info@casamuseogiacomomatteotti.it

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Advisory Scientific Committee

The scientific committee, in collaboration with various public and private associations, presents an annual cultural project to promote the figure of Giacomo Matteotti and the bibliographic and documentary patrimony of the Museum.

Members

Giovanni Boniolo president of the Accademia dei Concordi
Mario Cavriani president of the Minelliana Cultural Association
Luigi Contegiacomo director of the Rovigo State Archive
Emilio Franzina Verona University
Davide Mantovani historian
Giancarlo Moschin president of the Rovigo Matteotti Association
Maria Lodovica Mutterle director of the Giacomo Matteotti House Museum
Willy Pagani Cariparo Trust
Mario Quaranta Accademia Galileiana, Padua
Gianpaolo Romanato president of Advisory Scientific Committee
Giuseppe Tasso mayor of Fratta Polesine
Valentino Zaghi historian

Prof. Gianpaolo RomanatoPresident
Prof.ssa Maria Lodovica MutterleDirector