The Museums of Chianti and Valdarno

Museal System of Florentine Chianti Valdarno

The museums of Chianti and Valdarno are little jewel cases filled with great works and ancient archaeological finds. These places, where a vital cultural heritage is safeguarded and transmitted, have age-old stories of fascinating lands to tell. Occupying ancient Pievi, little churches and country villas, or situated in historic towns, they are an integral part of the territory, handing down its values and emotions. As key elements in a visit to the Chanti-Val d’Arno area, they are essential to the pleasure of exploring these lands.

At the Museo Masaccio in Reggello, it is surprising to find a crucially important Renaissance work, Masaccio’s San Giovenale Triptych, where the young painter imparted new impetus to Florentine art in 1422. And again, the Museo Giuliano Ghelli di San Casciano Val di Pesa offers a rare chance to see one of the earliest versions of the Virgin and Child by the great Sienese artist Ambrogio Lorenzetti, as well as a fascinating representation of St. Michael the Archangel by the 13th-century painter Coppo di Marcovaldo. Bagno a Ripoli offers a marvellous surprise, a little chapel dedicated to St. Catherine displaying glorious frescoes, while at Figline and Incisa Valdarno you can travel back in time to enter an 18th-century pharmacy. At Barberino Tavarnelle, two venerable Romanesque Pievi – San Pietro in Bossolo and Sant’Appiano – display artworks and archaeological finds from remote Etruscan times, as at Rignano sull’Arno, in the Pieve di San Leolino, while the museum of Greve in Chianti overlooks the town and its famous piazza from a panoramic terrace. The Museum System of the Florentine Chianti and Valdarno territories, conscious of its vital social role, has always operated according to two principles: the centrality of the works, of the archaeological finds and the overall heritage, and the importance of the public that visits them, ensuring that exploring our museums will prove as pleasant as it is informative.

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