Gaville is a small village standing on the hills on the left bank of the Arno river near Figline e Incisa Valdarno. This area has been inhabited since ancient times thanks to its cardinal position. In fact, it is crossed by an ancient Roman road (the Cassia Adrianea or a branch of it).
Now the museum is the keeper of a collection of 7000 pieces and its members together with the Provveditore Pier Luigi Righi are working hard to preserve this cultural heritage. The collection is placed in the rooms next to the thousand-year old Romanesque parish church of San Romolo in Gaville. In 2012 this place was named “House of the rural culture”.
Tourists, groups and students can visit the museum with a guide. Every year an average of 2000 visitors comes to the museum. In addition to this, many people join us during the Spring town festival in May or the ancient crafts fair in October and our participation in the important food farming event called Autumnia in Figline Valdarno on the 2nd week of November is really appreciated .The House of the rural culture is not only an exhibit but also a historical documentation center. The project aims to provide the old people with nostalgic memories and the young with the knowledge of their roots.
According to some 12th century documents, near the parish church there was a castle belonging to the eminent family of the Umbertini.
Dante mentioned Gaville in his masterpiece The Divine Comedy ( Hell, XXV,151) . The poet says “l’altr’era quel che tu, Gaville, piangi”.
from April 1st to June 30th and from September 1st to October 30th
Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (during the week only upon appointment)
Address: Pieve di San Romolo a Gaville, Figline e Incisa Valdarno
Tel.: +39 055 9501071 Pierluigi
Cell.:+39 328 1792934 Antonella
Cell.: +39 338 3462764 Don Alessandro
Free entrance, we only ask for donations for the maintenance of the museum.