The Museo Provinciale della Vita Contadina “Diogene Penzi” (Provincial Museum of Peasant Life) is located in the town of San Vito al Tagliamento. The collection shows highlights the life of the farming community at work and at home.
Museum of Peasant Life, San Vito al Tagliamento
The address of the Museo Diogene Penzi is Palazzo Altan, 86 I – 33078 San Vito al Tagliamento (tel. +39 043483327 or 0434833275 ). Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 13:00; Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 till 16:00. Entrance: Free of charge. Reservation is not obligatory, but recommended. (Note that prices and times may be subject to change.)
History and description
The 11 room collection of this museum consists of objects and documents illustrating peasant life in the province of Pordenone, in northern Italy. Both the production system and the domestic life of the peasant society are shown.
The museum is housed in a historical building known as Palazzo Altan. It used to be the Casa Bonisoli until it was acquired in the early 1600s by the Altan family.
What to see
The various sections deal with such topics as children’s toys, means of transportation, farm labor and the growth and/or processing of hay, wood, iron and various kinds of grain. Part of the exhibit is also devoted to the breeding of the silkworm.