The Mugello is home to the “Diffused Museum,” a network of 16 museums located throughout the territory and divided into four systems: Demo-ethno-anthropological, Archeological Heritage, Historic-Artistic Heritage and Natural Heritage. There are many museums without barriers amongst these, and entrance for persons with limited mobility and their helpers are free.
The museum, located inside a country home on the banks of the Erci steam, conserves a priceless collection of objects and documents related to the Mugello’s rural culture. Equipment, photographers and original machinery are distributed throughout the various rooms of the house and in some adjacent buildings specifically set up to house them.
Documented since the 1400s and owned by the Faini family since 1780, it is possible to visit the work spaces, enriched with a collection of tools used in the mill, allowing visitors to learn about the various phases and historic techniques employed in making flour.
The museum documents the various periods of Chini’s activity in the fields of ceramics and glass through the production of two materials: the art of ceramics and the Mugello-based Fornaci San Lorenzo.
The museum is located inside the rooms of the Vallombrosian Abbey in Moscheta and illustrates the key phases in the transformation of the landscape from the Middle Ages to today.
The museum illustrates the ancient techniques used for extracting and working pietra serena, conserves artworks and objects of everyday use and narrates the bond between pietra serena and the territory around Firenzuola.
Palazzo dei Capitani is home to the Museum of Mountain Folk, whose collection counts more than 1,000 objects that narrate the history of the territory and the mountain community. On the top floor of the building, visitors can find the Archeological Museum of the Upper Mugello, with a collection comprising artefacts ranging from the pre-historic age to the Renaissance.
The museum is located inside the Villa Poggio Reale. Visitors are introduced to “wine” in all its phases, including production, harvesting, vinification, aging and sale.
The museum conserves the concrete and important results of more than 30 years of archeological digs in the Mugello, Upper Mugello and Val di Sieve: visitors can discover archeological and historical objects coming from the entire area.
The exposition was created out of a need to protect and promote the numerous artworks coming from the abandoned tabernacles and churches in the local territory as well priceless traces of artistic traditions in Pieve.
The exposition documents the main archeological discoveries in the western Mugello, with artefacts dating to the Etruscan and Roman eras, all the way through to the Middle Ages. In the prehistory section, there is a niche displaying reconstructions of objects that visitors can touch and interact with.
Settings and moving figures designed by Faliero Lepri, known as Leprino, recreate the artist’s childhood town with scenes of everyday life and work in the small village of Sant’Agata.
The Museum of Knives and Cutting Tools is housed inside the 14th-century Palazzo dei Vicari and pays tribute to Scarperia’s artisan trade of making knives. There are also an introductory film in sign language, texts in Braille and a work station where visitors can examine the objects hands-on.
The museum, named after Fra Angelico, conserves canvas paintings, furnishings and liturgical vestments coming from defunct parish churches in the area, as well as small objects used in local worship.
The ground floor of the Giotto House Museum is dedicated to the early Renaissance artist: visitors can watch a video about Giotto and use interactive multimedia tools that allow them to create their own personalized visit, selecting what they want to learn about. The upper floor houses a workshop with two spaces for exhibitions and the “room of colours”.