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The Padule of Fucecchio

A collection of iconographic materials document the Padule’s historical geography since the beginning of the XVI century. Moreover, particular attention has been given to the various uses of the lake basin from a natural resources point of view (reeds and fishing) as well as for the commercial accessibility organized around the numerous ports entering the waterway that connected the Arno Valley and the sea. The lake-marsh’s importance is evidenced by the two boats used for navigating the marshlands: an authentic barchino, or skiff, still used today for hunting and fishing, and a navicello, or barge, a large boat used for transporting food and marsh grasses. Both have been given settings that evoke the lakeside landscape in its entirety.

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Geology and Paleontology

In addition to fossils, various rock samples have been collected from the Monsummano hill. Particular attention has been given to the marbles that, since the Middle Ages, have been used extensively in

Ancient and Medieval Archaeology

The area’s population dynamics from proto-historic era to the Middle Ages are documented here. During the Etrusco-Roman era, Valdinievole was primarily a transit area in which some stopping places

The Grand-ducal Farms and Valdinievole Felix

The grand-ducal farms. Maps and image collections show the structure and characteristics of the grand-ducal farms that were distributed around the lake-marsh, forming the estates of Ponte a Cappiano, Altopascio,