Museo Benozzo Gozzoli

Benozzo Gozzoli Museum in Castelfiorentino

Inaugurated in January 2009

Benozzo Gozzoli is the “genius loci” of the Valdelsa. From San Gimignano to Certaldo to Castelfiorentino, he depicted the venerable bell towers and proud civic towers that populate his native land.

Benozzo was happy in the Valdelsa. The people appreciated his painting which was both cultured and “popular”, capable of charming and educating with grace and knowledge. More than five centuries have passed, but Benozzo still lives in the hearts and minds of the locals. From generation to generation, the popularity, the love, and the thanks for the artist that worked for popes in Rome and the Medici in Florence—but that was also attracted to the rustic beauty of this valley over any other place in all of Italy—has made it down to the locals and city administrators of today.

This is why a museum dedicated to Benozzo was created in Castelfiorentino. Massimo Mariani was the chief architect and funding was provided by the local administration and the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze. The structure now hosts two detached frescoes from celebrated tabernacles—the Madonna della Tosse and the Madonna della Visitazione—that Benozzo Gozzoli had painted in the area in 1484 and 1491.

The informational portion, curated by Serena Nocentini, Elena Fani and the Istituto di Storia della Scienza di Firenze, allows visitors the possibility to see and learn about the entire artistic career of Benozzo. May everyone know that the painter that loved the Valdelsa lives on in the museum in Castelfiorentino, but also in the Palazzi Apostolici di Roma, in the house of the Medici in Florence, in the Camposanto Monumentale di Pisa, in Montefalco and Orvieto, in Volterra, in Viterbo a Terni and in museums all over Italy and the world.
Antonio Paolucci

Opening hours:
Monday and Friday: from 09.00 to 13.00
Tuesday: from 16.00 to 19.00
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: from 16.00 to 19.00
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00
The museum is closed on December 25, January 1 and Easter Day.

Entrance fee:
full price 3 euro
reduced 2 euro

Cumulative ticket with Santa Verdiana museum:
full price 4 euro
reduced 3 euro

Museum phone number: 0571 64448
Situated between the Valle dell’Arno and the Valle dell’Elsa
Like many other small Tuscan towns, Castelfiorentino came into being as a result of trade and pilgrims who were travelling through the area from northern Europe to Rome on the Via Francigena pilgrims’ route. The town was originally called ‘Castelvecchio’ (Old Castle) as the town grew on the site of and ancient Roman castle called Timignano. ...