Malakos Malacological Museum of Città di Castello
From the Pacific to the Indian Ocean, from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean: it's "Malakos" that, with about 600.000 catalogued pieces, represents the biggest European private collection of shells.
in Gubbio, who collected and studied about 15.000 different species, coming from every corner of the planet.
The collection, located in the Villa Cappelletti in Città di Castello, is a real exploratory trip through the shells of all seas.
The biology section introduces us to the world of molluscs with their incredible curiosities, whereas the Paleontology Hall helps us to understand how the Earth was formed, allowing us to meet also some invertebrates of the distant past.
In the halls of bio-geography each window reconstructs the fauna and the living habits of each sea and not only: it's possible to discover unusual environments such as the dangerous mangroves and the deep-sea areas, as well as getting to know the nice land snails of definitely extra-large sizes, and marine predators with a mortal venom.
Furthermore Malakos also hosts the reconstruction of a barrier reef, made up of materials coming from seizures by the State Forestry Corps, with species never seen before.
From the 1st April to the 31st October: 10 am - 12.30 pm/3 pm - 6.30 pm (Monday closed).
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