Valdinievole Civic Museum of Natural Science and Archaeology

Inaugurated in 1976 in Palazzo Obizzi, the museum showcases scientific objects from the Museo Civico Magnani

piazza Leonardo da Vinci
The museum, which was moved to Palazzo Obizzi in 1989, has been enriched over the years by acquisitions coming from historical-naturalist research carried out in the local territory, as well as from private donations. The specimens on display are arranged in sections according to various disciplines. The zoological section includes naturalist stuffed specimens, consisting for the most part, of local birds collected from the late 19th century to the present (including some exceptional exotic specimens). Particularly interesting is the nineteenth-century donation of naturalist materials collected by Robert Lawley.

The palaeontological collection, which displays fossils of vertebrates, invertebrates and plants, both local and national, is continuously incremented by specimens collected in collaboration with the Universities of Florence, Pisa and Camerino, and with other national cultural associations. The mineralogical collection includes local, national and foreign samples. Noteworthy is the Cecchelli Collection of Italian minerals, dating from the early years of the 20th century, and so is the nineteenth-century Gambarini Collection of rocks taken from the construction site of the Montecatini-Monsummano-Lucca-Pescia Railway. The museum organizes various educational activities, including cycles of conferences on prehistoric Man and on palaeontology. It also has a hall equipped for the visually impaired.
Historic capital of the Valdinievole
Pescia is considered the historic capital of the Valdinievole area thanks to its wealth of monuments that bear witness to several important epochs. Moreover, in the immediate vicinity of the capital, you can visit the village of Collodi, the small medieval town which became famous thanks to the fairy tale ‘Pinocchio’. 17,000 inhabitants live in the town of Pescia in the province of Pistoia. ...