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- Comparisons are always a bit unpleasant; but I cannot fail to point out that, having visited both this museum and the “Textile Museum” in Prato just a few weeks away, I found the former more valuable (while not despising the latter).
The wool production process is in fact illustrated here in great detail, in the same environments in which the actual processing took place (approximately from the mid-19th century to the beginning of this millennium) and by plenty of authentic machinery, formerly used for processing. The visitor then comes out with the pleasant feeling of having learned things he didn't know before about this activity.
The main limitation of this museum in my opinion is instead that of the weak connection of its educational path with the events of the Tuscan wool industry in the long term. This limit is all the more evident as the name of the museum, "dell’arte della lana" (of the wool guild) recalls the glorious manufacturing tradition of Florence in the Middle Ages; when - the historian Giovanni Villani (1275-1348) wrote - one hundred English monasteries provided the raw material for the wool industry of that city.
The visitor who therefore wants to fully understand why a factory (and therefore a museum) like this is located in this remote corner of the Apennines and not in Florence, cannot limit himself to following the museum itinerary - which focuses on the history of this factory - but will have to take into consideration, for example, a documented paper by the historian A. Zagli (2022), available on the web - only in Italian - entitled "Note sull’industria della lana in Casentino fra Seicento e Settecento" (Notes on the wool industry in Casentino between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries).
From it the reader will deduce among other things that starting from 1600, due to the intense international competition, the role of Florence as a textile city rapidly decays, so advantaging peripheral territories of Tuscany better equipped in local resources: sheep in abundance, included in a cycle of transhumance; abundant running water; wood to heat the tubs in which the fabrics are dyed. Among these territories the Casentino (ie the region in which Stia is located) stands out.
In any case, the Middle Age leading role of the Tuscan wool industry in Europe is irretrievably lost.Written August 5, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Nothing changed compared to last year. Excellent food, very friendly staff, excellent fast service.
Moderate prices and definitely value fir money.Written August 28, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Staying in the castle was amazing. The ownership has changed and the new folks are charming and can send you on great adventures.Written August 6, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- It is not an original medieval manor, as it had to be re-built at the beguinning of the 20th century; still, this place is sheer magic. The works of art fit perfectly with the flora and the building itself. Well worth a stopWritten August 30, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This place is not easy to find nor it is a place for young children or the elderly. The walk takes up to seven hours roundtrip and it's on the slopes of a mountain. Find an experienced guide.
We planned a trip of the Arno River by bicycle this summer. We wanted to start from the spring, or Capo d'Arno. When we arrived in Stia we noticed there wasn't a single sign about Capo d'Arno. The next day we went to the office of the park service in Pratovecchio and the lady directed us to the website and gave us some general brochures about the park. She had never been to the trail and could not tell us where it started. She gave us the phone number of another office. A lady there told us we had to take the road to Passo della Calla and we would find signs along the road. She didn't sound like she had ever been there either. We asked people on the street and everyone knew the place was close but no one had bern there in recent times or ever. Finally, we contacted a guide service where we were told we should have made reservations in advance. So we took the road to Passo della Calla, where we arrived five hours later. No sign of the trail to Capo d'Arno.Written July 4, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Stia was dead on a Monday but the church door was open and we were the only visitors. Quite dark and we couldn't distinguish some of the frescos - even my camera couldn't cope with a night shot with one.
Beautiful roses at the altar and some interesting art work.Written June 8, 2015This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Frequently Asked Questions about Stia
- The top attractions to visit in Stia are:
- Canto alla Rana
- Museo dell'Arte della Lana
- Castello di Porciano
- Palagio Fiorentino
- Sorgente dell'Arno
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Stia Attractions Information
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