Museum of the Historical Landscape of the Apennines
Abbazia di Moscheta - Firenzuola
Among the Italian mountain regions, the Tosco-Emilano Romagnolo Apennines have been the centre of a phenomenon fact of population in relation to the numerous roads and passes that assumed - and assured - the connection between the North and Centre of Italy.
The flow of people and things on the Apennine roads has been the cause and result of the beginning of diffused activities and works as well as a varicoloured form of population and settlements.
Along the Mediaeval roads, hospices, hospitals, and taverns were built and villages and markets were formed: post and custom services were born along the Regional and carriage roads, towns and villages that offer hospitality and welcome travellers grew up, the motorway entry and exit points and railway stations started several forms of settlement.
This radiation has interested areas not directly crossed by the Apennines and hamlets and single houses in the valleys and also at a higher level were formed.
Groups of scattered houses form a "figure" of how to use the Apennine Mountain centred on the agricultural-wooded economy to which we could associate the presence of stock-raising.
The Museum of The Historical Landscape of the Apennines is put up to show the traces and ways according to which the relation between the natural environment and human actions appeared through history times.
The museum is purposely put on show on the premises of the historic Abbey of St. Peter at Moscheta, a well-known protagonist in the picture of the Apennine landscape.
The museum itinerary
The itinerary is organized in a way to consent a progressive reading of the peculiar characters of the Apennine landscape in Mugello; a particular space is reserved for known perceptive experiences of the natural world as a whole (geology, fauna, flora).