Harlequin House Museum
discover the history of commedia dell’arte and the origin of the famous mask
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 – 12:00 and 14:30 – 17:30
The Harlequin House Museum is located inside Palazzo Grataroli in the village of Oneta and is owned by the Municipality of San Giovanni Bianco. The name “Harlequin House“, by which the village’s stately palace is commonly known, is linked to the Renaissance actor Alberto Naselli, who portrayed the Zanni and Harlequin in major European courts and who, according to tradition, stayed in this palace, even though there are no documentary sources to prove this. The House stores a selection of masks of commedia dell’arte characters and has hosted, since 2015, a stable puppet theater of the
Il Riccio Company, in which short stories are staged during school tours and special events.
The Museum also hosts educational workshops and guided tours along the Via Mercatorum organized with the Mercatorum and Priula Cultural Polo