Parco Nazionale dell'Appennino Tosco Emiliano

The Museum of the People of the Pistoia Apennines

Discovering local customs and trades

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Rivoreta is a small town located under the summit of ‘Libro Aperto’. Its modern-day destiny is symbolically represented by a stone block placed under the column that marks the entrance of the town’s museum. A flower is sculpted on this stone block which was once part of the Lima Bridge, damaged during World War II. The bridge you cross when coming from Pistoia, before turning off toward the Abetone, was one of the most important road work projects created by Leonardo Ximenes, by order of Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo.

Created in 1778, it is considered the most important Apennine road structure of the XVIII century; the road facilitated communication with the territory of Modena. Construction of the new road brought about the isolation of Rivoreta which was once located along the trail that crossed the Apennines leading to Serra a Motte, before arriving at Fiumalbo in the Modena area.

The Museum of the People of the Pistoia Apennines is deeply linked to Rivoreta; its collection and the events it organizes combine the knowledge of experts with the know-how of local citizens. Annually, in July, townspeople gather together in the town’s squares to celebrate ‘The Living Museum’, showcasing the customs, trades and traditions that are linked to the museum’s collections. An authentic excursionist treasure-trove, the museum boasts various segments spotlighting various themes including birth, gathering, transportation, wood-cutting, coal mining, holidays and sacred relics. It also hosts two other noteworthy sections featuring toys and wool.

Opening hours:
From March to July: Saturdays and Sundays – 10.30am to 12.20am and 4pm to 6pm
August: daily from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 4pm to 6pm
From September to December: Saturdays and Sundays – 10.30am to 12.20am and 3pm to 5pm
The medieval village in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and province of Pistoia
At a height of 678 m above sea level, it holds the Municipal Palazzo, the 15th century church of the Madonna di Piazza and that of St. Bartholomew. According to legend, the town of Cutigliano was founded by the Roman legionnaires from Catiline, in retreat after the defeat they suffered in 63 BC. ...