'A. Mordini' Civic Museum
Located in the charming medieval Palazzo Pretorio, previously was the residence of the Commissioners and Governors of Barga. the museum is dedicated to Barga and its unique natural, historic and artistic heritage. Geological, palaeontological and archaeological finds allow you to briefly retrace the history of the area up to the Roman colonization of the Serchio Valley, while the exceptional works of art demonstrate the artistic wealth of the town in medieval and modern times.
As home to the governors and the privileged place for the administration of justice, the building houses an underground prison, where there was a dungeon and a torture room, showing how different the justice system was compared to the current one.
Palazzo Pretorio was built in the first half of the 14th century to house the Governor, an administrative and judicial figure imposed by Florence.
The lodge that precedes the entrance retains some evidence of the political and administrative events: the coats of arms of the governing families, a column with the Medici coat of arms recalling a visit of Cosimo I de’ Medici, and the standard Florentine measures of length and volume in use at the time in Barga.
Source: La guida di Barga
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