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House Museum of Soap (Casa Museo del Sapone)
House Museum of Soap (Casa Museo del Sapone)

House Museum of Soap (Casa Museo del Sapone)

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Contrada Cartabubbo, Sciacca

The Basics

Surrounded by olive groves in the countryside outside of Sciacca, the House Museum of Soap sits next to the workshops where Saponi e Saponi make their artisan soaps and natural cosmetics from their estate’s extra-virgin olive oil. The 19th-century building that houses the museum was carefully renovated to preserve its original stonework and high ceilings. Then in 2015, the family who owns the company turned the farmhouse into a museum that traces the history of soap dating back to 2800 BC. The museum is open only for guided tours, so you must book ahead to visit; tours of the museum make for a fun day trip from Agrigento and include a workshop where you can make your own soap.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • With its hands-on workshop, this is a fun stop for older kids and crafty folks.

  • Tours are offered in English.

  • The museum is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The House Museum of Soap is located in Contrada Cartabubbo, a country hamlet near Sciacca in the Agrigento area of southwest Sicily. There is no public transportation to the museum, so the best way to visit is by driving or joining a guided tour that includes transportation.

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When to Get There

The museum is open year-round. Visits are by prebooked guided tours only, so there are no set hours.

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Sciacca Toy Museum

If you would like to explore Sciacca further, consider visiting the Museo del Giocattolo Sciacca, a small but excellent toy museum in the center of town.

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