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The Museum of Ugento was established on 13th August 1966 as a deliberative act of the City Council, to accommodate the numerous findings deriving from the city of Ugento and its vast territory. It was established by decree of the then President of the Republic Mr. Giuseppe Saragat, on petition from Mayor Francis Corvaglia and inaugurated in October 1968 under the name: the Civic Museum of Archaeology and Paleontology. Since its founding, the museum has been housed in the halls of the former convent of the Friars Minor, leaning against the church of St. Anthony, in the center of Ugento. In 2009
The Colossus Collection, preserved in the city of Ugento in the Palazzo Colossus, is one of the few historical collections of the Puglia region formed with materials found in Ugento and its territory from the nineteenth century. The collection begun by Baron Adolf Colossus "with a passion for the country’s history" and is remembered by local writers as always existing on the ground floor of the palace, "jealously guarded by his sons Louis and Massimo Colossus". The discoveries, 794 in all, are set in the sixth century B.C. and the early Middle Ages. Added to these are exemplars of the modern a
The Diocesan Museum of Ugento - S. M. di Leuca, is strongly backed by the Bishop of the Diocese Mons. De Vito Grisantis, was inaugurated on 6th July 2005 and is housed in a building located on the underside of the cathedral, which once served as a burial place for the clergy and the townspeople. Today the property has been returned to the public after a long and tidy intervention for its recovery and restoration, enhancing the whole architectural aspect. In the museum works from the Cathedral are displayed, to which are added those from the churches of the Diocese