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Ethnographic Museum of the Lunigiana


In Villafranca, there’s a collection of objects that showcase historic farming traditions

The Ethnographic Museum of the Lunigiana is located in Villafranca in Lunigiana, and conserves artefacts of a farming community left unchanged for centuries. The museum is found in the 14th-century mills in the town of Villafranca.

The objects, dating to between the end of the 18th century and the post-WWII period, are displayed throughout 11 rooms, reconstructing the various aspects of rural life: from hemp cultivation to weaving, woodworking to folk medicine, as well as cuisine, milling, the production of chestnuts and wheat, wicker chair weaving, local units of measurement and the transformation of milk.

Ethnographic Museum of the Lunigiana
Ethnographic Museum of the Lunigiana - Credit: Museo Etnografico della Lunigiana

The museum route includes three large thematic areas across three floors. On the top floor, there are materials related to domestic activities, like chestnut production, weaving and winemaking, while the second floor is dedicated to craftsmanship, like working wood, iron and stone. Lastly, the ground floor is home to instruments and tools used for farming and the restored equipment used in the mill and olive press.


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