Umbrella and Parasol Museum

Umbrella and Parasol Museum, Lombardy: Address, Umbrella and Parasol Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

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Umbrella and Parasol Museum

Umbrella and Parasol Museum
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Trace the development of umbrella and parasol accessories from the 19th century to the present, through a study of umbrella makers, their tools, old photos and exhibits.
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Ryszard L
Sydney, Australia326 contributions
Unusual museum worth the visit.
May 2014 • Solo
The Museo dell'ombrello e del parasole at Gignese is quite a revelation. It is, as far as I know, the only one of its kind in the world. It is situated in the village of Gignese which is a short but very pretty bus ride up in the mountains behind Stresa in via Panorama Golf. It takes you through the evolution of umbrella and parasol styles from the early 1800s to the present day. There are over 1000 individual items, from delicately embroidered parasols to handles made from the most exquisite and exotic materials hand-carved with some of the most intricate and beautiful designs you'll ever see on an umbrella handle. I'd never have believed that such a mundane object could be transformed into a work of art. There are umbrellas owned by famous people and a whole section devoted to the umbrella makers themselves, their lives, tools and working conditions which makes for some very interesting reading. You can even buy umbrellas there and for 20 euros I picked up a souvenir umbrella. It was raining on the day of my visit, just like in the episode of 'Buongiorno Italia'. Although the weather was foul I had a great time and was enchanted by the beauty of the place.
Written 8 November 2014
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Bafi009
Arlington, VA13 contributions
Very nice small museum.
Jul 2011
Our family enjoyed the visit very much. About 10-15 min. by car from the lake at Sresa. A very unique display of umbrellas and related items. If you like unique special displays and museums - this is certainly a place to visit. Allow about 30-45 min. Covers the history and making of umbrellas. A nice twist:- there is a discount on the entrance fee when it rains :-)
Written 21 August 2011
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