The Villa Baciocchi Museums in Capannoli are found inside an 18th-century villa, built on the ruins of the medieval Gherardesca castle and comprising the Archaeological Museum, the Zoology Museum and the botanical park in the villa’s gardens. The Archaeological Museum began as the Archaeological Documentation Centre of the Valdera and through its five rooms it tells the history of human existence in the area from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, including the Etruscans. The museum collects archaeological artefacts (pottery, coins, stones) and has reconstructed the Neolithic village of Podere Casanuova (Pontedera) and Etruscan homes from Montacchita (Palaia).
The Zoology Museum exhibits over 400 animal species from all over the world: mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, fish and big cats, including a collection of butterflies and sea birds.
Among Pisan hills, the Middle Ages and ultralight flights
The medieval town of Capannoli is on the slope of the hill overlooking the river Era valley. Being in a historically important location, Capannoli was originally built to be a fortified village, but then proceeded to grow as a trade centre. ...
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