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Old Crafts

A journey where the sensorial approach is strongly stimulated by encounters with materials and flavours just waiting to be felt, touched, seen, eaten and smelled.
The five senses in order to understand and to act. Searching for all those skilled hands which have guaranteed that antique traditions might survive through the ages and which, patiently, still work as they did once upon a time.
The protection of the environment and of its history prevents precious traditions from being forgotten, ensuring that they continue to be a source of values for the present.

The artisans

Educational meetings in search of all those hands that have made it possible for ancient traditions to reach the present day and which patiently work now as they did all those years ago.

Between Past and Present

Hundreds of hands have worked leaving behind evidence, which has become tradition and part of the history of the Terre di Siena, still represented today by an important economic resource.
Ancient trades, which children can observe close up: the ancient art of the charcoal burner, the crafting of clay, mining and the magic of crystal.

▼ Emotional Travel

Spezieria Santa Fina…

This display is extremely popular with children, because it reproduces a traditional chemist’s shop – one of the oldest in Tuscany -  with its smells and furnishings; there are the part of the “kitchen”, where the medicines were made up, and the “bottega”, which is where the products were sold, contained in very valuable ceramic and glass jars.
Another special attraction for children will be the exhibition of antique medications, such as scorpion oil, as well as some of the ingredients used to make medicines, like mandrake or precious stones.

Museo Archeologico, Spezieria di Santa Fina, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea “Raffaele De Grada” 
Via Folgore, 11 
53037 San Gimignano (Siena) 
tel. 0577 941388 
 

Museo Minerario…

Museo Minerario

Monte Amiata, the ‘good volcano' is full of surprises, the snow, the woods, the thermal waters and is also literally a mine of things to discover. The mountain is rich in precious cinnabar deposits and is today a site of what we could call industrial archeology. It has a past activity of mining which was very important for the economy of the area of Amiata, though it was quite harsh on the men who worked her mines.

A mining compound is slowly opening to the public in order to show the tools and techniques of extraction that have been used through the ages.

For children, a visit to this museum of Abbadia San Salvatore will allow them to more fully undertand the material and will be rendered ‘live' by the participation of men who have worked as miners and will tell their tales of what it was like to descend into the earth to work.

The museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

Parco Museo Minerario
Area Mineraria
53021 Abbadia San Salvatore
Tel 0577 778324

To learn more: www.museisenesi.org

Museo del Cristallo…

Museo del Cristallo

The transparencies to look at-Colle Val d'Elsa

The magic of an object made of glass is fascinating and that is what Colle Val d'Elsa offers with its production of crystal and glass. Here, artistic artisans show how to appreciate one of the oldest and precious trades in the world. 

A visit to the Crystal Museum will allow you to more fully understand this material, the history behind its production and how it is worked today. Children will remain spell bound by the forest of crystal and their sounds, made by objects of crystal hung from the ceiling and which make incredible music with every breeze of air that moves. 

The museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

 

Museo del Cristallo 
Via dei Fossi, 8/A - 53034 Colle Val d’Elsa 
tel. 0577 924135 

To learn more: www.cristallo.org - www.museisenesi.org

Museo della Terracotta…

Museo della Terracotta

In a place called Petroio, near the town of Trequanda, you'll find the museum dedicated to terracotta. In this area the very composition of the land led to an antique tradition of the production of terracotta, a usage that led to terracotta becoming common in all facets of life. Within the museum it is possible to follow the development of the history of the production

Everything takes on a different flavour when a story is told directly by a craftsman who, besides “telling”, helps children in the workshop (by appointment). Young visitors can take home the things they make as small reminders of their experience in an ancient, pretty hamlet immersed in the countryside and its apparent silence.

The museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

Museo della Terracotta di Trequanda 
Via Valgelata 10, Petroio - 53020 Trequanda 
0577 662114 - 0577 665188 

To learn more: www.museisenesi.org

Museo del Bosco…

Museo del Bosco

It's always a special moment, taking a walk in a forest, listening to the noises and trying to recognize the voices of the animals. This is especially true if you're accompanied by a naturalist guide who can help you by pointing out what you're hearing. 

You can have this chance of getting to know the forest if you visit the Museum of the Forest in the village of Orgia, an ethnographic museum full of information regarding the relationship that mankind has enjoyed through the ages with the forest.  

The museum has collected and created exhibits which bear testimony to the life and the work which man undertook within the forest. It is located in the village of Orgia which is in the municipality of Sovicille and is in an agricultural shed. The exhibit is presented in a variety of ways, from the emotional side of man's experience in the forest, with artistic and letterary references, to the productive activities, which were regulated by the seasonal changes. With a collection of tools and implements, of oral accounts and visiual images from archives. 

A network of maintained trails leads in the direction of the hills of the upper Merse valley, taking visitors along a path of the peasant history, working the chestnuts, the trades of the woodsmen such as the charcoal makers, the lumberjacks and the coachmen. Along the trail of the charcoal huts, it is possible to learn more about the process of transforming wood into charcoal. 

The museum offers schools some very interesting further learning opportunities.

Museo Etnografico del Bosco,Orgia - 53010 Sovicille 
tel 0577 582323 - 0577 342097

To learn more: www.museisenesi.org

 

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