The "Diffused Museum" encompasses various enterprises in the Mugello territory, be it in the Upper Mugello or the Val di Sieve. The Mugello and Florentine Mountain Museum System is actually divided into 4 departments, each of which includes museums, educational workshops of themed trips. Let's discover together the small but significant museums of the Mugello, guardians of history and local tradition.
The Mugello is a land of artists, having cradled such illustrious men as Giotto and Fra Angelico. Included in the Museum System's Artistic Heritage section are:
The Chini Museum in Borgo San Lorenzo, which contains an important collection of the work of Galileo Chini, a major player in the Liberty Style.
Giotto's House in Vespignano, where the great artist was born. Apart from a magnificent view, it offers reproductions of his work.
The Sant'Agata Collection of Sacred Art, which includes masterpieces like The Mystical Marriage of St Catherine by Neri di Bicci di Lorenzo, and two angels by Andrea della Robbia.
The Bosco ai Frati Convent in the Lucigliano area, which was founded by Ubaldini in the seventh century and became much beloved of the Medici, as a beautiful wooden Christ, attributed to Donatello, testifies.
The ecological section of the museum system includes the Historical Apennine Landscape Museum, which occupies the gorgeous Moscheta Abbey, surrounded by the numinous woodland of the Giogo-Casaglia complex.
The Mugello has always been inhabited: this has been proven by the discovery of flour, almost 30,000 years old, at Bilancino. You can retrace the history of the people who have made the Mugello and the Val di Sieve their home by visiting the archaeological sites and museums in the area, and by taking part in the two museum-workshops that specialise in the prehistoric, ancient and medieval fields. They form part of the museum system's archaeological branch:
The District Archaeological Museum of Dicomano, home to the local archaeological heritage from Prehistory to the Renaissance. It boasts an extraordinary, unique collection of steles and Etruscan gravestones.
The Sant'Agata Archaeological Documentation Centre, which contains archaeological finds dating from prehistory to the Middle Ages, including what purports to be the oldest millstone in the world, which must have ground the oldest flour. A reconstruction of a prehistoric village stands outside, with tents built to accurate dimensions.
The Upper Mugello Archaeological Museum in Palazzuolo sul Senio, which confirms human activity, from prehistory to today, even in the Upper Mugello's most inhospitable parts. The "warrior's tomb", for example, dates back to the sixth of seventh century BCE.
The Archaeological Site at Montaccianico, near Scarperia, where they are trying to learn more about the castle of the Ubaldini, destroyed in 1306 by the Florentines. This event was a turning point in the Mugello's history, sealing its fate as the "farm" of Florence and the Medici.
The Mugello's popular traditions and history are preserved in the seven museums that make up the Demo-Ethno-Anthropological sector of the museum system, namely:
The Cutting Tools Museum in Scarperia, which documents the industry of knife-making. Scarperia has been famed for this activity since the fourteenth century.
The LeprinoArtisan and Peasantry Museum of Sant'Agata, which tells the story of life in the little town of Sant'Agata through animated figures designed and realised by Faliero Lepri, known as Leprino.
The MUGOT (Museo Gotica Toscana) in Ponzalla, which remembers the episode of the war events that took place along the Gothic Line in September 1944, between la Futa and il Giogo. Visitors can take a trip on the battlefields.
The Casa d'Erci Rural Museum and the Faini Mill in Grezzano, which tell the story of the old peasant world through everyday objects, common period tools and accurate reconstructions, all in a large farmhouse surrounded by the greenery of the Mugellan countryside.
The Wine and Vines Museum in Rufina, where you can see vine cultivation tools and how wine is produced and stored, and learn about the history of the Chianti Rufina.
The Mountain Folk Museum in Palazzuolo sul Senio, which is home to thousands of exhibits that give an insight onto the people of the area from the early 1900s onwards.
The Pietra Serena Museum in Firenzuola, which houses cutting tools connected to the tradition of quarrying Pietra Serena, and the Bruscoli Museum, with its ethnographic collection.
Another part of the Diffused Museum in the Mugello is the Children's Museum in Borgo San Lorenzo, devoted entirely to families and children. This is a place to explore, experiment and play, and where it is forbidden not to touch the displays!
You can by a Museum Card that allows you to visit all the constituents of the Diffused Museum at a reduced price. The offer is valid for one year from the date of buying the first ticket.
Last but not least, the museums offer a great many activities dedicated to children, from workshops to educational events and the Activity Book, where you can play and learn along with your young ones.