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  • Stefano Mazzotti

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Agricultural Museum

Phone tel. 0377 59144 (Sig. Pier Mario Calanzani)
Street and number Piazza della Chiesa 26844 Cavacurta (LO)
City Cavacurta
Country ITA

The Agricultural Museum is based inside the former Convent of the
Order of Mary’s Servants, inside the cellars under the present parish
house.
The collection was started in January 1996 thanks to some donations
and to the commitment of volunteers who have retrieved from
cellars and lofts of old houses a considerable number of domestic
objects and handicrafts and agricultural tools, used for stockbreeding,
viticulture and wine-making.
This Museum was created with the purpose of offering its visitors a dive
into the past: a memory for those who were part of it and history for
younger visitors.
Lately, thanks to a generous bequest, the museum has been enriched
with a considerable number of old volumes that document the history
and technique of the agriculture of the Po Valley in the past centuries.
At present, a restoring and redesign work is in progress, expertly run by
professor Giacomo Bassi and it is part of a project of “repossession” of
the human and territorial dimension of that area of the Lodigiano by
the Adda riverside.
The name of the Museum “from the work in the fields: bonum
comedere” is indicative of the itinerary it wants to suggest, that is,
the history of a cycle that is basic and vital for the human being: from
agriculture to the production of food for feeding. There are two entrances to the Museum, one of which is the main
entrance to the former convent.
Above the main door, it is still possible to see a wrought ironed
lunette that has the emblem of Mary’s Servants.
From the remarkably frescoed hallway, it is possible to reach the
wide cellar with barrel vaults, where a 17th century well, still
working, is placed.
Within the broad area of the cellar is also found the valuable
collection of agricultural tools and objects. Here are on display
threshers, small ploughs, milkers’ trestles, an old beetroot chopper,
an acetylene lamp, still working, once used during frog hunts at night,
a balance used to weigh milk cans, a 19th century hoe. Each tool has a
caption that indicates its name (both in Italian and in the local dialect)
and its functions.
During the tour, it is possible to access, through a wing of the former
cloister, the 17th century parish church, dedicated to Saint Bartholomew
the Apostle, where are kept a valuable carved wooden baroque choir, a
baptismal font made of white marble dating back to 1588 over which
towers an 18th century wooden roofing, the chapel of the Grieving
Madonna and paintings of remarkable beauty.


Reservation required, call Mr Pier Mario
Calanzani on +39 0377.59144

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