The Brickmaking Museum in Pontedera


The manufacturing of bricks is a very ancient
craft, whose rapid growth is linked to the
availability of raw materials, coming from the
clay deposits of Arno and Era rivers. The most
important furnaces were therefore located in
the small hamlet of La Rotta. In this locality
bricks manufacturing started in the 11th century,
thanks to its favourable position that allowed
the exploitation of clay deposits coming from the
river. There are evidence that in the nineteenth
century 14 furnaces were present in the area
along the river, all of them wood furnaces of
quite small dimensions. One of the first
Hoffmann furnaces (a particular kind of furnace
working with uninterrupted fire) was built in
1872 right in La Rotta by Francesco Capecchi.
The widespread and substantial bricks
manufacturing had a seasonal character: during
the spring season the small town became
deserted since all the furnaces workers moved to
the Piemonte and Lombardia regions, in
Northern Italy, where life conditions inside the
furnaces were inhumane and people had to work
for 16-17 hours per day.

The Museums…

Tourists who come to Valdera, must know that here, as well as find a warm welcome, hospitability and good food, can enrich their cultural visiting our museums, perhaps taking advantage to get closer to the small village that hosts them .. .

Here for you a complete list of our Museums:

LARI - The Vicar’s Castle 

Opening hours:

from April to June all days 3.30 -7.00 pm;

Saturday and Sunday also 10.30-12.30 am

from July to September all days 10.15 -12.15 am - 3.30-7.00 pm

October all days 3.00-6.00 pm. also Saturday and Sunday 10.30- 12.30 am

from November to March, Saturday and Sunday 10.30-12.30 am;3.00 -6.00 pm

Ticket : full 4,00 and 5,00 by guide

PALAIA AND MONTEFOSCOLI - Museums of Farming Civilization

Address : Via A. Vaccà,49 - Montefoscoli (PI)

Opening Hours:Sunday from 9.30 am to 12.30 am and from 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm

Free entrance


The Museum of Russian Icons “F.Bigazzi”

Address : P.zza del Popolo 5

Ticket : 5.50 full tickert; 3.50 reduced ticket (students, Carta Giovani holders, seniors citizens over the age 65 ,groups of at least 10 people); 4.00 reduced ticket for Carta ACI holders

The entrance is free for : young people under the age of 16 if accompanied, holders of Carta Touring (Touring Club Italiano), free admittance to any accompanying person.

Museum of Sacred Art

Address : P.zza Fra’ Domenico da Peccioli - Sano Verano’s Church

Free Entrance

Opening hours:

Saturday 10.00 am-1.00 pm

Sunday 3.00 am - 6.00 pm

Collection of Engravings and Lithographies

Address : Via Lambercione,5

Free entrance

The Archaeological Museum

Address : Via del Carmine 33

Free entrance

All Museums Peccioli (except for the Museum of Sacred Art) have the following opening hours :

Winter  (01/11 - 31/03) : Wednesday (afternoon only) , Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 10.00 -1.00 am, 3.00 -7.00 pm
Summer (01/04-31/10)  : Wednesday (afternoon only) , Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 10.00 -1.00 am, 4.00 -8.00 pm


Museum of Wood

Address: P.zza della Mostra 4 - c/o Mostra del Mobilio

Opening hours: from Monday to Friday 9.00 -12.30 am : 3.00 -7.30 pm

Saturday and Sunday 9.00 -12.00 am , 3.00 -8.00 pm

Closed on new year’s eve Easter ,April 25, 1st May, 1-31st August , Chirstmas

Free Entrance


The Piaggio Museum

Address : Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 7

Opening Hours : from Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

Free Entrance


Museum of the Ancient History of the Territory of Bientina

Address : Vicolo Masaccio - Via Marco Polo

Opening hours : Sunday 10.00 - 12.00

Free Entrance


The Valdera Archaeological Museum and The Zoological Museum

Address: P.zza Castello 1/4

Opening hours :all days from 9.30 am to 12.30 am and from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon

Free entrance


Archaeological Exhibition : the Etruscans in Parlascio

Address: Villa Borri, via Galilei 34

Opening hours . Saturday from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Sunday from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm

Free entrance


Giorgio Kienerk Museum

Address : Palazzo Comunale, Via Chiostra I,13

Opening hours:

In Winter  Tuesdays and Thursday 10.00 -12.30 am;
                 Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 -12.30 am; 3.30-6.30 pm

In Summer  Tuesdays and Thursday 10.00 -12.30 am; 

                   Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 -12.30 am; 4.00-7.00 pm

Closed on 1st January,6th January,Easter,1st May,15th August,1st November,Christmas and 26th December

Ticket : full 4.00;reduced 2,00,schools 2,00

For special tours in Valdera.

The Prehistoric Park of Peccioli

Children, if you come to Peccioli,don’t forget to visit it..! You will enjoy it !

The Prehistoric is a leisure park with more than twenty with life-size reconstructions of dinosaurs and it’s waiting for you to offer a pleasant walk and a fascinating journey back in time!

This is an opportunity for families, to spend a light-hearted day between nature and prehistory, and for schools to combine education, interest and enjoyment.

But how did the idea to build this Park?

The idea came to a circus performer, Erardo Ghironi, no longer young, who decided to retire from life on tour. The site chosen for “stop”, was right the villa of Peccioli where, with the advice of some relatives, he bought two acres of vineyard and built a house for himself and his two sons.

With the desire to seek or why not “invent” a job that would pay back the activities of the traveling show, exhausting but rewarding, Erardo and his sons realized that their land that was full of fossil shells, strange footprints, fossilized remains: concrete signs of the evolution of nature from prehistory to the present that right there, even on their own vineyard, had left its mark so obvious.
From that discovery came the idea to show these little treasures of the past, and to enrich with an itinerary of reconstruction that was both scientifically relevant and effective for the teaching, characterized by evocative, spectacular style because these is the distinctive feature of the circus.
Erardo, Guido and Gian Paolo Ghironi, decided to capitalize on this insight and in a few months they had already built the first five prehistoric animals.
It was 1977: the Prehistoric Park  was born in Peccioli, thirteen years before the book Jurassic Park by Crichton and sixteen years before homonymous film by Spielberg.

Over the years, the two brothers have refined their technique to the construction of models and today the park has more than twenty replicas including a nice volcano that erupts colored balls and full-scale reproduction of Jurassic Brachiosaurus, at the moment, the greatest dinosaur rebuilt in Europe.

Click here to know how to reach the Park

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