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Ferrucci Museum - Gavinana

Francesco Ferrucci Museum

Exhibiting the Ferrucci memorabilia collected on the battlefield

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San Marcello Pistoiese
The National Committee for Honouring Francesco Ferrucci was established in Florence in 1929 on the 400th anniversary of Ferrucci’s death (1530-1930). On this occasion, the committee purchased and restored the ex-Battistini home in Gavinana’s main square and donated it to the Municipality of San Marcello Pistoiese. According to popular tradition, it was on the threshold of this very house that Ferrucci was assassinated. A museum and library dedicated to Ferrucci was established and inaugurated there on August 31, 1931. The museum is divided into four sections. Its ‘Sala d’Armi’ hosts weapons collected on the battlefield during Battle of Gavinana, in addition to other weapons linked to historical figures living during that time.

One can also find a noteworthy collection of Tuscan silver coins from the XVIII century, which were found in the Gavinana territory. This room is dedicated to the Chelucci-Palmerini family, who donated several interesting artifacts to the museum. The ‘Sala Massimo d'Azeglio e della battaglia’ is dedicated to politician, writer, patriot and artist Massimo D’Azeglio who repeatedly sojourned in Gavinana and the surrounding area, where he found inspiration for some of his paintings, which can also be found here. He wrote part of his autobiography in this region as well as part of his novel Niccolò de’ Lapi. In this room, visitors will also see a large model of the Pistoiese mountains featuring the route followed by Ferrucci’s troops as they made their way from Pisa to Gavinana.

The ‘Sala Francesco Ferrucci’ is dedicated to Gavinana’s hero, and it hosts iconography linked to Ferrucci, including engravings, family mementoes and photographs. Once can also find the noteworthy collection of books that makes up the Ferrucciana Library, which spotlights historical events of his time. In this room, you will find commemorative memorabilia linked to the young Filiberto di Chalon, Prince d’Orange, who fell in the Battle of Gavinana. The ‘Sala dell’Assedio e delle bandiere’ is dedicated to the Siege of Florence (October 12, 1529 to August 15, 1530) which proved one of the conflict’s most significant episodes. Here, you can find traditional Florentine historical soccer costumes and myriad flags. The origins of Florentine soccer is deeply tied to this Siege, due to the famous match in which the Florentines played under their enemies’ watchful eyes, as the city succumbed to the fire provoked by its aggressors and citizens fought against hunger and disease.

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