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Museum of Rural Culture in Fratticciola


A hands-on exhibition dedicated to the culture of Valdichiana

The Museum of Rural Culture in Fratticciola, in the municipality of Cortona, is dedicated to the protection and promotion of the cultural, historical and ethnographic patrimony of farming in Valdichiana. It conserves materials coming primarily from the association "Il Carro", which, together with another local collection, demonstrates everyday life in the countryside until the 1960s. Materials include work equipment, kitchen utensils and tools with names that have been all but forgotten, but the exhibition also vaunts the flavours and aromas of yesteryear that recall our roots and are the memory of a society no longer recognized by children today.

Farming traditions and customs have been brought back to life in the museum thanks to guided tours and reconstructions of historic agricultural practices, conserving the charm of the rapport between man, work and nature, a rapport as tiring and ancient as the story of the people of Cortona.

For those who have no knowledge of the world of farming, the museum offers them the chance to learn about the importance of an oral culture that now only speaks through the humble tools of everyday life: plows, jugs, carts, hoes, objects of a simple life.