"A mirror of the population and its history"

The Museum

The story of the Museum of the City and the Territory is both very new and very old: the passion of those who worked to create it is very new; the history recorded in the “things”, the views and hands populating the museum are very old. These “things” tell of the hard work and joy, of times for work and celebration, and of the townspeople and residents who thought the museum should bea place for collecting dreams and memories. Through the aura cast by these objects, the museum has taken on life of its own, designed an unexpected identity that is alive and constantly changing

The building that houses the museum

The Museum of the City and the Territory is located in the Osteria dei Pellegrini.The Osteria dei Pellegrini, or pilgrims’ hostel, was supported by Grand Duke Ferdinando I de' Medici, and built to accommodate the pilgrims coming to venerate the Virgin’s image at the nearby Fontenuova Shrine. Its design was entrusted to Gherardo Mechini, the grand-ducal architect. Under the direction of Master Builder Domenico Marcacci, work was begun in 1607 and ended in 1616. The Osteria building continued to receive...


› G. Carla Romby President University of Florence, expert in the History of Architecture and Cities› Pier Virgilio Arrigoni Expert in the Natural Environment, Geology, and Paleontology› M. Cristina Masdea Superintendency for Architectural Heritage and the Landscape and for the Historical, Artistic, and Cultural Anthropological Heritage for the Provinces of Florence, Pistoia, and Prato, expert in artistic and ecclesiastical heritage and popular piety› Leonardo Rombai University of Florence, expert in History and the Representation of Communities› Metello Bonanno Historical Institute...


Reflecting its community and its history, the Museum of the City and the Territory can be defined as a workshop for the history of communities in the Valdinievole, with particular attention to the draining of the Padule of Fucecchio. It is an educational reference point and the base for tours that, revolving around the museum itself, concern the area’s cultural heritage. The museum sponsors research and studies on various aspects of the Valdinievole, launching an ongoing effort to raise awareness...


2001 European Museum of the Year Award, Special commendationIn 2001, Monsummano Terme’s Museum of the City and the Territory received honorable mention in the prestigious EMYA European Museum of the Year Award.Established in 1997, this award is given annually to the European museum that has contributed most directly to attracting the public and satisfying its visitors by through its unique atmosphere, imaginative interpretation and presentation, and creative approach to education and social responsibility....


Museum of the city and territory
Piazza Ferdinando Martini 1
Monsummano Terme PISTOIA
tel. +39 0572 954463


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