Photo ©Casa della Civiltà Contadina di Gaville
Museum of Rural Civilisation in Gaville
Displaying artefacts from a now-extinct culture in Figline Valdarno
Figline Valdarno
Via di Gaville, 35, 50063 La Pieve FI, Italia
The Museum of Rural Civilisation in Gaville is found in the premises (stables and olive press of the refectory) connected to the Romanesque church of Gaville (11th century), in the municipality of Figline Valdarno.

The museum exhibits artefacts which illustrate the life, work and culture of the rural society, no longer in existence, that spanned from the 18th century to the 1960s.

The pieces on display come from the Valdarno area but there are also displays from other areas to allow for comparisons.

Every room is dedicated to a particular work and illustrates the most important themes from rural life in the Valdarno, always linking back to the production of olive oil.

You can see the original 18th-century olive presses, which are still intact, wine cellars and a fascinating herbarium with local medicinal herbs