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The Rural Culture Museum in Casore del Monte

Travel over the ancient roads of the past, which are characterized by their simplicity and ancient rural culture.

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The museum was set up in the buildings adjacent to the San Bartolomeo church in 1995 by the Rural Culture Museum Association. Thus, it is located in the heart of the Casore del Monte town, which still maintains its ancient fortification walls and towers that were built in the 13th century. In all probability, the church was erected as a chapel inside the castle, which had a tower that seems to have looked much like a bell-tower. The church and bell tower are located at the highest point of the town, where the town’s stronghold was likely located (the place where villagers would take refuge if the fortified walls were damaged during an attack or attempted conquest).

The ethnological museum was born as a result of the need to document the town’s colorful history and its vivacious and lively surrounding territory—a centuries-old history based on rural daily life. Visitors can discover and learn more about the ancient rural and agricultural lifestyle. At the museum, visitors can admire old soil tilling machines, sewing machines, tractors and plows, some of which are still functional today. These machines are interesting thanks to their structural simplicity, but mainly when compared to modern-day agricultural equipment.
A journey through time on the slopes of the Pistoia mountains
The area of Marliana is found where the Valdinievole meets the Pistoia Mountains, and spans from the valleys of the Vincio and Nievole rivers to the far end of the Tuscan-Emiliano Apennines. Mostly covered in dense chestnut trees, the hills of Marliana have many gentle slopes with vines and olive trees growing down them. ...