Palazzo Achilli

Palazzo Achilli, central information point for the Ecomuseo, is named after a rich merchant from Rome, Filippo Achilli, who in the eighteenth century bought the ancient structure, formerly belonging to the Prince of Piombino Ludovico Appiani, then extended and partly restored it. After renovation work by the Pistoia Provincial Government in 2005, it became a venue for temporary exhibitions to explore various topics related to the history of the Montagna Pistoiese area, organising workshops for adults and children on a regular basis.

Piazzetta Achilli, 7 – Gavinana

From 11th June to 1st October:
from Thursday to Sunday and 15/08, 10.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m.-6.30 p.m.
From 5th October to 31st December: from Thursday to Sunday, 10.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m.-6.00 p.m.

For visits during extraordinary opening hours, please call the number +39 0573 638025

Palazzo Achilli also hosts:

A sound archive of oral traditions from the Montagna Pistoiese area
painstaking research work has brought back to light hundreds of songs, limericks, nursery rhymes, recorded by the live voice of local informants.

Centro Mario Olla
inaugurated in April 2013, it makes available documents and testimonies regarding migration from the Montagna Pistoiese area in the 19th and 20th century.



Year 2022

A mountain of molecules. A selection of essences for the culture
Exhibition about the use of thyme derivatives for the preservation of archival and documentary heritage.
The initiative is linked to the “THEO” research project, funded by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia, in which CNR, Ecomuseum of the Pistoia Mountains, Azienda Agricola “Le Roncacce” participated, with the collaboration of Gruppo Naturalistico Appennino Pistoiese.
(17 December 2022 – 8 January 2023)

Mykes: a Mountain of Mushrooms – 2nd edition
Exhibition of fresh, edible, and non-edible specimens, accompanied by scientific texts and photos of microscopic and real-life specimens. Organized by Ecomuseum in collaboration with Associazione MIcologica Pistoiese Odv (A.MI.P.), with the decisive contribution of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia and Tuscany Region for the Pistoia Mountains Museum System (SiMoP).
(29 October – 6 November 2022)

Apennine Landscapes. Past and Present
Historical lithographs and current images show the changes in our landscape over the past decades, both in terms of urbanism and nature.
Nuèter – Gruppo di Studi Alta Valle del Reno APS Porretta Terme and Accademia lo Scoltenna Pievepelago curated the exhibition, in collaboration with Ecomuseum of the Pistoia Mountains.
(3 July – 30 October 2022)

A ONOR DEL VERO. Painted Nature and Protected Areas of the Pistoia Mountains
Exhibition of botanical watercolours by Manuela Tonarelli and cartography dedicated to Nature Reserves, areas belonging to the Natura 2000 European Network, and the forest heritage of the Pistoia Apennines
(21 May – 30 October 2022)

Year 2021

Mykes: A mountain of mushrooms
Mycological exhibition curated by the Mycological Association of Pistoia, in collaboration with the Naturalistic Archaeological Museum of the Pistoia Apennines and the National Research Council – Institute for Bioeconomy
With the support of the Municipality of San Marcello Piteglio
(23 October – 31 December 2021)

Year 2020

Preziose Presenze – 2nd edition
Photographic exhibition dedicated to the fauna of the Pistoia Apennine area
Curated by Arabella’s Nature Photo Club
(19 July – 1 November 2020)

Walking ancient trails through Angelo Celsi’s photos
Photographic exhibition dedicated to the Sambuca Pistoiese area, to these forgotten mountains of ours
From an idea by Sante Ballerini. Promoted by P.A. Croce Verde Pistoia
Under the auspices of the Municipalities of Pistoia, Sambuca Pistoiese and San Marcello Piteglio, sponsored by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia
(10 October – 1 November 2020)

È successo un 48
Exhibition of findings and documents related to the Italian First War of Independence in 1848.
Curated by: National coordination of Associations dedicated to the Risorgimento period, Committee of the Romagna Toscana Area promoting Risorgimento Values, Musical, and Cultural Association Domenico Achilli
(19 July – 27 September 2020)

Year 2019

Castel di Mura – Montagna Pistoiese – Tuscany. The art of war: weapons, fortresses, soldiers
(15 June 2019 – 6 January 2020)

Leonardo’s machinery: on the trail of the genius in the Montagna Pistoiese area
Exhibition of models by Leonardo, produced by the artisan Valerio Pagliai, with the workshop “Build the self-sustaining bridge designed by the Genius from Vinci!”
(13 October 2018 – 6 January 2020)

Year 2018

From the rise of Fascism to the Italian Constitution: the “G. Bozzi” Brigade
(8 July 2018 – 2 September 2018)

Year 2017

Ancient trades: the pearls of the Pistoia Apennine area – Lorenzo Bastianelli anthology exhibition
(21 December 2017 – 30 June 2018)

Pistoia Santiago Minor (Pistoia, little Santiago) – curated by Architect Nedo Ferrari
(9 September – 5 November 2017)

The Montagna Pistoiese area in historical cartography: rediscovering the territory with Valle Lune
(10 June 2017 – 30 June 2018)

Valerio Pagliai: handicraft and ingeniousness
(22 April – 7 September 2017)

Year 2016

Street market
Handmade – female creativity yesterday and today
(12 June 2016 – 7 January 2017)

Year 2015

From Gavinana to Darkwood – Moreno Burattini and his cartoon life
(25 July 2015 – 6 January 2016)
and RADUNO ZAGORIANO Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October 2015

Preziose presenze – Photographic exhibition
(11 April – 19 July 2015)

Year 2014

Germano Pacelli – The imagination of art. Anthology Exhibition
(18 December 2014 – 29 March 2015)

Casa del tempo – printed illustrations by Roberto Innocenti
(21 April – 20 July 2014)

Discovering the Montagna Pistoiese area in the eighteenth century with landscapes by Giovanni Luder
(2 August – 30 November 2014)