• English
  • Italiano

ECOMUSEUM
of MARSH PLANTS

The home of the "Consorzio il Bagnacavallo" is the Ecomuseo (Ecomuseum) located in the village of Villanova in the province of Ravenna. All the wines from the members of the Consortium are exhibited inside the museum and available to taste. Make a reservation for an exclusive lunch or dinner, and taste the extraordinary local cuisine; all food and recipes are prepared by hand from local women of Villanova di Bagnocavallo and every meal will be paired with local wines from the Bagnocavallo Consorzio.

Villanova di Bagnacavallo, situated along the left bank of the Lamone River, was once part of a complex territorial system of waterways and wetlands. The first inhabitants of those places exploited the modest resources that the environment offered them, by starting the collection and processing of wild herbs with which to carry out various types of artifacts.
Over the centuries this original form of crafts has grown up to become, in the nineteenth and twentieth century, one of the major economic enterprises in the area. The Ecomuseum of Palustri Herbs retains memory of that know-how and the production season and documents the environmental and economic context in which the country was living.
The Ecomuseum is part of the Civic Museums of the Municipality of Bagnacavallo and management is entrusted to the Cultural Civilization of Palustri Erbe.

Outside the museum there is a projecting roof leading to the main entrance; from here visitors can see the outdoor huts. At the reception desk there are various publications and a selection of local produce for sale. Visitors start exploring the museum in the education room (Aula Didattica) where a video is shown; the video illustrates the mission of the museum and the environmental and historical context of the items on display, all of which relate to the village.
Next is a gallery in which the evolution of the environment is described; in fact, visitors might find it hard to imagine that the rural landscape of Villanova used to be occupied by wetlands in the past. The gallery includes a display of items and a room with an eleven metre long immersive video projection screening the images and sounds of the marshes. The video projection lasts sixteen minutes and shows a quiet and contemplative view of the marshes’ environment; once widespread in the area, wetlands are now nearly extinct in Villanova.Outside the museum there is a projecting roof leading to the main entrance; from here visitors can see the outdoor huts. At the reception desk there are various publications and a selection of local produce for sale. Visitors start exploring the museum in the education room (Aula Didattica) where a video is shown; the video illustrates the mission of the museum and the environmental and historical context of the items on display, all of which relate to the village.
Next is a gallery in which the evolution of the environment is described; in fact, visitors might find it hard to imagine that the rural landscape of Villanova used to be occupied by wetlands in the past. The gallery includes a display of items and a room with an eleven metre long immersive video projection screening the images and sounds of the marshes. The video projection lasts sixteen minutes and shows a quiet and contemplative view of the marshes’ environment; once widespread in the area, wetlands are now nearly extinct in Villanova.

The Ethno-park
of Villanova of the huts

The Ethno-park is the outdoor display of the Ecomuseum. It features amazing huts made of reed; in the past, these building were common in the Province of Ravenna. The huts have been recreated by the last living expert of this craft and are accurate reproductions of originals. The detailed elements of the huts are finished with mud whereas the floors are simply made of compressed soil; the top-coat of the floor comprises a layer of sand mixed with soil, the purpose of which is to protect the surface from the wet clogs of the farmer.

CONTACT​
Ecomuseo delle Erbe Palustri
Via Ungaretti 1
Villanova di Bagnacavallo 48012
erbepalustri@comune.bagnacavallo.ra.it
www.ecomuseoerbepalustri.it

Associazione Civiltà delle Erbe Palustri
Villanova di Bagnacavallo 48012
erbepalustri.associazione@gmail.com
www.erbepalustri.it

OPENING HOURS

Ecomuseo delle Erbe Palustri can be visited:
From Tuesday to Friday: from 9.00 to 13.00;
on Saturday: from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 18.00;
on Sunday: from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 18.00:
Closed on Monday

XXXII MARSH PLANTS FESTIVAL

(Second weekend of September) from 9 to 12 September 2016​

The Marsh Plants Festival evokes the craftsmanship of the plot of the typical herbs of the valley town of Villanova and promotes the authentic traditions of Lower Romagna.
The initiative, organized by the Municipality of Bagnacavallo in collaboration with the Cultural Association of Civilization Palustri Herbs, offers the chance to see the work of the last artisans still able to create beautiful artifacts, the result of interweaving manual skills, weaving and twisting of the valley herbs, which until the mid-twentieth century were one of the main economic resources of the small villanovese community.
As always, the event also offers crafts of rural and domestic traditions have disappeared, and provides cultural exchanges with weavers from other Italian regions and abroad.

LA SOFFITTA IN PIAZZA

March 6, April 3, May 1 – 2016​

This lively Sunday street market celebrates Spring every year in the streets and squares of Villanova. The market features a variety of items, including antiques, vintage objects, collectables, handicraft and natural products. On market’s day, starting from the early morning Villanova gets very busy with collectors, antiques’ sellers, artists, second hand dealers and organic farmers. From dawn to dusk visitors truly enjoy browsing through lots of curious objects, past memories and hand made objects such as terracotta vases, wicker baskets, wrought iron and lace.
While visiting the market, don’t miss a visit to the Ecomuseum; the museum’s collection is unique in the world and features numerous hand made object created using marsh plants such as reed, as well as a large collection of regional toys and games from the past.