The Museum of Folk Work and Traditions in Historic Versilia is located in Seravezza, inside the Medici Palace built by Cosimo I de 'Medici and probably designed by Buontalenti. Among artefacts and work tools, the museum shows the typical activities of Versilia in the Medici era. Through a multi-themed itinerary, the path winds through eleven rooms which deal with work activities, but also those belonging to the daily life of the local community.
The exhibition opens with an overview of the territory from an environmental and historical point of view, with an emphasis on the influence of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. The museum explores the deeply rooted traditions and the strong connection with the land, as well as the production of wine, cereals and products obtained from the forests.
Daily life is also examined; the simplicity of the kitchen of the past and all the activities connected to the house, including loom-work, to which an entire room is dedicated. Finally, we move on to the sectors that for years – even since the Etruscan era in some cases – have been the wealth of the area. Thanks to the initial investment of the Medici, the economy of Seravezza has long been the industry that deals with the excavation and world-renowned processing of marble.