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Ecomuseo della castagna di Ortignano Raggiolo
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The Chestnut Museum in Ortignano Raggialo

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Ortignano Raggiolo
The Open Air Chestnut Museum in Ortignano Raggialo was created to celebrate the historic relationship between the populations of the Teggina valley and its natural landscape where chestnut trees have long been cultivated. Over the centuries, chestnuts have been a fundamental source of food for the inhabitants of the Casentino area. The museum is part of the woodland itinerary and its main theme is the use of chestnuts in local gastronomy throughout history.
The museum highlights all the stages of chestnut harvesting, drying and milling and indicates the many sites in the area where these activities have taken place. The first section of the museum is dedicated to the tools used to harvest chestnuts. After this is a section which explains the drying and extraction process. The last section has a more domestic theme, as it shows how families used chestnut flour in everyday cooking. Visitors can pass through the woods to the drying house and the mill before arriving at the museum. Children will enjoy ending the visit with a hands-on experience in the chestnut workshop.

Opening hours
By appointment only. Call Luigi Bianchi on 0575 514147.

Entry fee
Free. Small fee for educational activities.

Disabled access

Contact information
via del Molino
Ortignano Raggiolo (Arezzo)
Telephone 0575 514147;
0575 539214 (Town Hall);
0575 507272-77 (The Casentino Mountain Community Turism and Culture Office)
E-mail ecomuseo@casentino.toscana.it
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