Museum of Rural Civilization and Craftsmanship

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I emerge from the inside of an old farm in Contrada Magnone, near a woodland characterized by the presence of pines, eucalyptus and oaks.
Three important themes were developed in the halls: the rural civilization, the woodlands and the sources of renewable energy...

I emerge from the inside of an old farm in Contrada Magnone, near a woodland characterized by the presence of pines, eucalyptus and oaks.
Three important themes were developed in the halls: the rural civilization, the woodlands and the sources of renewable energy.
In the hall dedicated to the woodland sensations, a re-construction of the Specchia woodlands was made to evocate and invite one to reflect on the importance of trees and wood; In the hall for renewable energy, a series of games and installations were placed with a demonstrative scope of showing the importance of wood for the production of energy, especially in the past, when coal was produced in Specchia, then also the importance of renewable sources and mostly wind energy. Lastly, in the hall dedicated to rural civilization, various objects of daily use where placed to give evidence of the strong bond between man environment and territory.

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