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Terre di Siena

The Zave Museum

Only by understanding the past can we make sense of the present

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Castelnuovo Berardenga
Mario Fanetti’s fascination with local peasant and farming culture led him to open the Zave Museum in 2000. The museum is housed in an annex of the Barbocce farmhouse and is named after Zaverio Nepi, the man known for leading the bulls in Siena’s historic Palio parade and who ran the Barbocce farm for over 70 years. Many of the old tools, instruments and personal artifacts displayed in the museum belonged to him. The location of the museum itself has a long, rich history and provides the perfect example of farming life. The items on display have all been used to work the hard yet generous land of the Chianti region and help visitors today to understand what farming life here was really like in the past.
Castelnuovo Berardenga
Charming hills, romanesque churches and a sea of castles
Nestled among the blossoming hills of the Chianti and the incredible landscape of the Crete Senesi, the charming area of Castelnuovo Berardenga is found just outside Siena, on the hills separating the first part of the Ombrone valley from the Arbia stream. ...