Diligenza, particolare

The ethnographic itinerary


Agriculture and craftwork marked the time and days of the inhabitants of Bormio and its valleys. The objects and tools they left us are often poor, but precious as they document the industriousness and ingenuity of a community that was simple but rich in knowledge handed down from generation to generation.

At the museum tools and instruments are collected and divided into small thematic sections: the artisans (carpenter, butcher, cobbler ...), the farmers (equipment for the care of meadows and pastures, for agriculture, for breeding and milk processing) and domestic life: tools for processing wool and linen, the large loom for weaving, tools for cooking and for storing food.
Bread making and slaughtering were activities that were practiced in the community, involving men, women and children, each playing their role.
Some tradesmen - for example the cobbler - worked seasonally, emigrating to neighbouring regions.

The section dedicated to means of transport with sledges and carriages is particularly interesting. The centrepiece of the collection is the diligence that in the nineteenth century connected Bormio to the Tyrol through the carriage road of the Stelvio Pass, back then passable all year round.

Over the years, the museum has increased its ethnographic collection with the spirit of preserving the memory of a precious intangible heritage through objects. A heritage made up of traditions, practices and knowledge that would otherwise be lost.
A section dedicated to school, another important part of community life, was recently installed.


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