Promoting the cultural heritage of Sicily
Fondazione Pietro Barbaro

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The Fondazione Pietro Barbaro was established in 2007 and registered in 2009 for the 100 years birth anniversary of Pietro Barbaro, father of Alfredo and Gianni Barbaro.

The foundation aims at promoting the Mediterranean culture through meetings, artistic and social events, site-specific projects and temporary exhibitions in collaboration with higher education institutions, public bodies and private partners.

The Foundation supports:


Training and Education

Maritime & seaman training programs to promote the attractiveness of maritime professions.


Environmental protection

Attracting interest on the environment and its preservation through dedicated initiatives such as the Marevivo’s Delfini Guardiani.


Cultural Heritage

Preserving the the artistic and cultural heritage by encouraging young artists through artist-in-residence programs in Palazzo Trinacria.


Scientific Dissemination

Dissemination and promotion of scientific research activities.

Our roots in the maritime transport sector and our profound connection to the beauty and diversity of Mediterranean culture have led to the creation of the Fondazione Pietro Barbaro, which we and our institutional partners envision as a cultural harbor, a landing where it is possible to exchange ideas.

The Mediterranean Marine Academy

Fondazione Pietro Barbaro - Promoting the Mediterranean Culture

A center of excellence for professional training and skills development, serving the mediterranean countries. The academy established on the 21st of September 2011 has among its founding members: Fondazione Pietro Barbaro, Pietro Barbaro S.p.A., PB Tankers S.p.A., Formez PA, Nautical colleges of Palermo and Rome and CERISDI. The academy aims to provide support and resources to train the professionals for a modern marine industry.

Palazzo Trinacria

In recent years we have restored two of the oldest and most historical buildings in Palermo. One of the two, “Palazzo Trinacria” has become our headquarters.

Palazzo Trinacria belongs to the Italian cultural heritage as noted by the mention in “The Leopard” a famous novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. Palazzo Trinacria hosts artistic exhibitions and offers the possibility to hold creative residences in its historical spaces.

Fondazione Pietro Barbaro - Promoting the Mediterranean Culture

Ritratto di ignoto. L’artista chiamato Bansky
Coming from Ferrara, where he had great success, arrives in Palermo the “Ritratto di ignoto. L’artista chiamato Bansky” exhibit with subversive and sarcastic messages of the British artist.
For the first time in Sicily, from the 7th October 2020 to the 17th January 2021, the exhibit will be in Palermo at Palazzo Trinacria, via Butera 24, and Loggiato San Bartolomeo, Corso Vittorio Emanuele 25.
With more than 100 original works, between paintings, silk-screen printing, stencil and objects, the exhibit will start an original art itinerary that will put together the Pietro Barbaro Foundation with the Sant’Elia Foundation, private and public, for the cultural relaunch of the ancient Kalsa.

During Manifesta, the European Biennial for Contemporary Art, Pietro Barbaro Foundation presented “Baida” video of a performance by Russian artist Taus Makhacheva at Palazzo Trinacria in Palermo.

The Manifesta exhibition opened on the evening of 16 June 2018 and run until 4 November 2018. It attracted a considerable audience, reaching a total of 62,000 visitors and confirming the primary role of Palazzo Trinacria as a center for cultural and territorial heritage promotion.

Our Initiatives

Fondazione Pietro Barbaro - Promoting the Mediterranean Culture

Delfini Guardiani - protecting the Aeolian and Aegadian Islands

The Marevivo association and MSC Cruises, with the support of the Fondazione Pietro Barbaro have teamed up to spread the culture of sustainability among young students.

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The Fondazione Pietro Barbaro aims at promoting traditions, know-how and tools belonging to the maritime cultural heritage, from art to science and from research to training.

The foundation finances master in sciences in the field of maritime economics with an annual scholarship.

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