Museo malacologico Malakos

Città di Castello

The museum hosts the largest private malacological collection in Europe made up of 600,000 specimens of more than 15,000 species. A unique opportunity to dive into the discovery of the marine world.

The Museo malacologico Malakos houses the largest private malacological collection in Europe made up of 600,000 specimens of more than 15,000 species, put together throughout his career by Professor Gianluca Bini, the biologist Florentine by birth, but “tifernates” by adoption.
The exhibiting itinerary unravels itself throughout the rooms of the ground floor of Villa Capelletti and is designed as an exploratory journey of the world via shells from all the seas. The specimens exhibited in the display cases of the museum will help us to discover not only how shells are made, but also what the shellfish that build them eat, how they move, how they reproduce and the present risks for marine life.

The section of biology introduces some molluscs to the world with their many peculiarities; the palaeontology room provides information about the past of the invertebrates, like the known ammonites, whilst the biogeography rooms depict the fauna and life habits of every sea, the mangroves and the abyssal zones, curious specimens like land snails of decidedly extra large dimensions and deadly poisonous marine predators. In the process of being set up is an ethnomalacology room, dedicated to ethnological products made with shells.
Inside, Malakos also hosts the reconstruction of a coral reef, made up of materials seized by the State Forest Body, with endemic and rare species, and species at risk of extinction. The museum, run by the non-profit Malakos Association, has a small library and hosts workshops for children and adults of all ages, dedicating special attention to the little ones, for which a “babyhabitat” area has been set up.
The museum collection is a focal point for CNR-ISMAR in Bologna and for Italy; it is available to specialised academics from the field, students and interested visitors.

Malakos museum is housed in the villa of the Marquis Gioacchino Capeletti (1876-1969), built around the second half of the sixteenth century by the Tifernate Vitelli family as a country residence close to the Tiber river.
Capelletti was born in Rieti and had amassed a vast collection of railway modelling in the villa that he decided to leave in inheritance to the Cassa di Risparmio bank of Città di Castello, together with his residency and the surrounding buildings, to be used by the public.
Museo malacologico Malakos, along with the Centro delle tradizioni popolari “Livio Dalla Ragione”, is part of the Garavelle museum complex.

Once at the museum, download the RIM Altotevere App and frame the QR codes placed along the route to access exclusive content.

Villa Capelletti
Loc. Garavelle, Città di Castello (PG)
Tel: 075 855 2119
Tel: 075 857 8440
Cell: 349 582 36 13
Opening hours

“Explorer kit” for children (treasure hunt)

Immersive lab for children 0-6: “Baby Habitat”

Workshops, exhibitions  for family, children and adults

Educational workshops for schools

Book-crossing point


Full price 5,00 €
The ticket includes entrance to the Garavelle Centre of Popular Traditions.

Reduced 3,00 €
Groups of 15 people or more, over 65’s, 6 to 14 year olds.

Under 6 years of age, Città di Castello residents.

Booking is required to see the scientific collections.

  • Free wifi
  • Disabled access
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Nursery
  • Dogs allowed
  • Library
  • Bookshop
  • Guided school visits
  • Educational service
  • Guided tours
  • Bookcrossing BookCrossing point
  • Bambini Services for children
  • Parco Park