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Incisa Valdarno

Incisa Val d’Arno’s Museum of Sacred Art

Safeguarding the territory’s religious treasures

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Incisa in Val d'Arno
The Oratory of the Cross, which now hosts the Museum of Sacred Art, was founded in the 1300s, but the structure was amply modified in the seventeenth century. The building has a simple design characterized by a single nave with a central altar in pietra serena. It is located on the road that leads from the urban center to Castello, in an ancient district of the town of Incisa. The oratory got its name from the miraculous Crucifix that was brought to Incisa in the fourteenth century by a group called the ‘White penitents’. Their name was derived from the color of the pilgrims’ robes and they preached brotherhood and forgiveness as a way to overcome adversity. Their Feast of Forgiveness is still celebrated in Incisa today.

This museum is part of a network of small territorial museums which was created to safeguard the historical heritage of churches throughout the territory—the majority of which are no longer being used. This museum is part of a far-reaching project designed to uphold and protect the area’s cultural treasures. Said project includes various goals such as landscape intervention, upholding ancient viability trails and maintaining historical and architectural treasures. The works on show come from the Oratory of the Crucifix and other churches within the communal territory of Incisa in Val D’Arno, including San Lorenzo a Cappiano, San Quirico a Montelfi, San Michele a Morniano, San Vito a Loppiano, San Niccolò ad Olmeto and Cetina.

Opening hours: In September – Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 4.30pm to 7.30pm
Open prior reservations in all other times, days and seasons
Admission: full price – 3 euro; reduced rates for students and those over sixty five – 1.50 euro; free for those under 6
Handicap access: yes
Contact information:
tel. 055/8333433 (Municipality of Incisa V.no’s Cultural Office) - 055 863129 (Valdarno Fiorentino’s Information Office)

E-mail: e.bargilli@comune.incisa-valdarno.fi.it