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Historic Homes: art and history in the valley

The association “Case della Memoria” was founded in 2005 within a project promoted by Regione Toscana. Its goal is providing a new way of conceiving museums, culture and history.

Abbey of San Salvatore

The abbey of San Salvatore is a magnificent monastery founded by Benedictine monks between IX and X centuries. Its church and cloisters came under several restorations, some are still underway, that disclosed a Longobardic settlement. The archeological research will be resumed this spring. The Museum of the Abbey has a great value and it is hosted in the former monks refectory and in the abbot house.

Visits have established times, but it is possible to arrange different days and times.

Villa Mulinaccio

The magnificent villa is on the right side of the river Bisenzio, in a beautiful and panoramic position.
Its name derives from an ancient and abandoned mill, that was supplied by two flows coming down from Schignano hills. Built between the end of the XV and the beginning of XVI century, it was owned by the families Sassetti, Strozzi and Vaj. The route of the tour winds through the frescoed halls, Ancient Cellars of XVI century, the Old Kitchen. Outside you can admire the Nymphaeum, an Italian garden, ornamental plants, exotic trees and Orchard of Ancient kinds of Fruit and the aromatic essences hedge, for which there is an itinerary for visually impaired persons.
Visits can be arranged by phone.

Savignano – historic home of Lorenzo Bartolini

The village of Savignano is on an important connection road of Etruscan-Roman period, where traces of the paved road can still be founded. The interesting building is the native house of the sculptor Lorenzo Bartolini. The marble plaque on the front, placed by his friend Antonio Marini, remembers the sculptor’s birth. His works are displayed in Palazzo Pitti in Florence and in the Town Museum of Prato.