Museo della Valle Cavallina

Palazzo Bettoni - Via Nazionale, 67 - 24060 Casazza
Tel. 035.810640 / Fax 035.811536 /

Digital documentation centre and bookshop. Furthermore educational material can be consulted and can
be downloaded from the website.

Opening times:
Saturday and Sunday

Free of charge.

Guided visits upon reservation in the Museum Opening times.

Historical Info

Situated in Casazza in some rooms of the Bettoni Palace, the Museum tells the history of working activities through objects and tools belonging to various ages and uses Cavallina Valley territory as a point of reference.

Exhibition Criteria

Before accessing the Museum rooms, on the left-hand side of the entrance is a space that welcomes the visitor and provides an induction on the themes of the Museum through a video about the valley territory. This space plays host to temporary educational and art exhibitions related to the Museum themes and activities.

Every single room has a colour indicating its specific theme.

The stone room
The first room, called "the stone room" because of its grey colour, illustrates the morphology and geology of the Valley territory.
On the lower floor is a collection comprising the samples of all kinds of rocks in this territory, shown both in their raw and processed state, and the remaining of a Longobard tombstone which was brought to life during some excavation works near the ancient Pieve di S. Lorenzo. The floor, covered with gravel, is evocative of the stone theme.
Furthermore, on display are some working tools in stone, a manual millstone for whetstones and some old boundary-stones found on the road network.

The water room
The second room is called "water room" (for its blue colour) and features various activities: agriculture, manufacture, everyday life; on display are some traditional fishing tools; fishing has indeed been practiced in the local lakes of Endine and Gaiano since prehistory.
The panels represent the localisations as well as some photos of manufacture objects that used to characterise the valley and disappeared. The mills ideally show how local people used to produce their objects and food.

The vegetation room
The third room, called "vegetation room" (green colour), is dedicated to traditional farming activities; it shows the stages of the cereal, vine and forage cultivation.
The various phases of the work in the field are deducible. They are the seeding, the harvesting, the cropping, and the transformation of cereals in wheats.

The animals
The fourth room is "the animal room" (brown colour). The wild fauna and domestic animals were essential for the valley both as a food source (breeding and hunting) and as a support to the working activities. Among the exhibited objects, a highlight is "è ol gàbe", a big basket with an indent for one's head and to support shoulder transportation.
Silkworm breeding is also illustated; this production was particularly important for the proliferation of the spinning mills and women's work in the factories.

Lombard-Venetian land register
A PC workspace allows the consultation of the Lombard-Venetian land registry and of historical maps as well as other related data. Other historic-documentary materials are also accessible and form part of the Documentation Centre of the Museum.

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