The Gramsci House Multimedia Archive treasures the testimonies of over forty men and women who have known Gramsci when he was actively working, or in the political struggle, in jail and in his human relations. At the Museum, you can hear the voices of so many characters that help outline, each in his own way, his humanity..
The idea of establishing an international school for Gramsci studies in Ghilarza arose in 2011 after a positive contact among a number of Italian and foreign Gramsci scholars, the Antonio Gramsci House Museum, the Gramsci Foundation of Rome, the International Gramsci Society and the Foundation of Sardinia.
Antonio Gramsci lived here from 1898 to 1911, from 7 to 20 years of age. He was born in Ales, in the Province of Cagliari, on 22 January 1891. After a few months, his family moved to Sorgono and then to Ghilarza, the city his mother, Peppina Marcias, was from. After elementary school, from 1905 to 1911, Antonio attended first the junior secondary school at Santu Lussurgiu, then the senior secondary school in Cagliari (the Dèttori Lyceum).
Ghilarza is located in the central-western part of Sardinia, in the Province of Oristano, easily reached by the principal roads linking Cagliari and Sassari (SS 131) and Nuoro and Olbia (SS 131bis). It numbers approximately 4,500 inhabitants and is distinguished by its basalt houses built close together, with the gardens mostly located behind them. It is a continuation of the land and population of the cities of Abbasanta and Norbello.
The exhibit and the Museum’s layout were designed during the early nineteen-seventies and were the work of two especially authoritative women in their respective scientific and professional fields:
Elsa Fubini and Cini Boeri.