The items on display have come largely from families in the parish whilst several items of farming equipment and machinery have been donated by the neighbouring communities. The museum has been professionally laid out, with a display highlighting the many pieces of farming equipment, tools and more than a thousand objects which make this one of the most extensive and important museums of its kind. In the large entrance hall, there are several panels which tell a story of Carceri Abbey, from the days of the Augustinian monks to their replacement by the Camaldolese, up to the arrival of the noble Conti Carminati family, which culminated with the site being transferred to the parish of Carceri. On the opposite side is a series of illustrations depicting of a day in the life of a Benedictine monk at Carceri Abbey. The fifteen illustrations show the hours that the monks spent working, praying and resting each day. For an in-depth visit to the museum, we recommend the following itinerary: The room depicting the preparation of the land for crops, where you can see equipment used for sowing, hoeing and harvesting crops such as wheat, medicinal herbs, beetroot and corn. Continuing the itinerary, after the area devoted to the Rogations, you can see some of the many items used in the stables, vital for looking after the animals used by our forefathers for farming. Inside, there is a large room devoted to domestic tasks, featuring kitchen tools and a space with exhibits on ironing, sewing and washing clothes used by our ancestors, as well as a bedroom containing fixtures and fittings from the period. The final part of the tour is a room devoted to units of weight and measurement and another room exhibiting items from farmers’ leisure time. Alongside this is a space showing how wine is made, along with the equipment and tools used by our forefathers. In the part of the museum which overlooks the great 16th century cloister, a number of rooms have been set up describing the jobs of these bygone days: there are rooms dedicated to school, games, working with wool and hemp, whilst others describe the work of cobblers, carpenters, blacksmiths and knife-grinders. Within the museum there is a teaching room which can be used by primary school children during their visits to the Abbey and museum. This recommended itinerary is a testament to the work carried out by the communities of Augustinian and Camaldolese monks to bring to life the self-sufficient existence of our ancestors.
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