The Museum of Work and Rural Civilisation (in italian "Museo del lavoro e della civiltà rurale") is housed in a seventeenth century Florentine-style farm house in the hamlet of San Gervasio, Palaia.
The museum celebrates the memory of farming families and sharecroppers who lived and worked in this area trough a collection of furnishings, tools and agricoltural machines related to rural life. Some of the most interesting items on display are the hand-operated mill for grain, a mid-nineteenth century loom and a portable steam engine made in 1896.
There are many didactic activities for school children and constant research into agricultural life of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
TAKE IN THE ANCIENT TUSCAN TRADITIONS OF LIVELY RURAL COMMUNITIES AND EVOCATIVE ABANDONED VILLAGES
Palaia is one of the places richest with history in all of the Valdera, with origins stretching all the way back to the 4th century, as shown by the traces of Etruscan presence in the area. In the Early Middle Ages, the town’s castle, called Mons Magnifrido was already documented in 936. This fort’s strategic position was often a source of conflict between Florence, Pisa and Lucca. ...Morekeyboard_backspace