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Borgo San Lorenzo

The Museum of Chini Manufacturing in Borgo San Lorenzo

The history of ceramics at Villa Pecori Girardi

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Borgo San Lorenzo
The museum is located in the Rimorelli Villa, which was built on top of an ancient structure made by the Giraldi family, which was one of the most illustrious families in the Mugello area. It became the property of the Pecori Counts in 1748 and was donated to the municipality of Borgo San Lorenzo in 1980.

The villa has a beautiful façade in a Renaissance style and it is dominated by a battlemented tower and two internal courtyards, one of which is closed off by an arcade. The décor in its interior dates back to the 1800s and was carried out by painters Angiolino Romagnoli, Pietro Alessio Chini and Pio Chini. Between 1901 and 1906, military general Guglielmo Pecori Giraldi commissioned Galileo Chini to finish the coats of arms and other works in the villa. A recent restoration effort has renewed the original decorative elements created by Chini.

The museum explores the history of ceramic manufacturing by Chini, who produced decorative objects in glass and ceramics in the kilns in Borgo San Lorenzo. Chini’s production was strongly tied to the Mugello territory, and other examples of his work can be viewed in villas, homes and churches in the area.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Thursday, from 10am to 1pm; Fridays and Sundays, from 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm; Saturdays, from 3pm to 6pm; Mondays closed.

Ticket Price:
Full 3€;
Reduced 1.50€ for children aged 6 to 14, school groups and groups of 15 or more.
Guided visits cost 5€ per person.

Disabled Access:
Full access to the disabled.

Piazza Lavacchini - Villa Pecori Giraldi
Tel.: 0558456230; 0558457197
Borgo San Lorenzo
a country town dotted with churches In the heart of Mugello
Borgo San Lorenzo, one of the best-known towns in the Mugello area, is situated where the Sieve Valley is at its widest. Developed around the court of the Ubaldini family, in a place where the Roman village of Annejanum once stood, the town fell under the influence of Florentine bishops in the mid tenth century, against which the locals rebelled in 1273, when the municipality gained ...