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Museo Musicalia, Cesena

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  • The Museum is a magical place that does go back to childhood: contains the magic notes, the ingenuity of artists, the beauty of the shapes.
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  • Given that Villa Silvia Carducci and Musicalia, mechanical music Museum, are the same thing and so it would be better to merge the two "things to do" in Cesena, continue showing my surprise at the lack of attention that some magazines devotes its readers mostly tourists and visitors. This villa is just outside Cesena, easily accessible. Owned by the Countess Silvia Pasolini Zafar from 1984 is then passed to the municipality of Cesena which restored unfortunately without safeguard memorabilia and antique furniture. It is famous for having been the parlor of the culture of Romagna and especially for having hosted several times during the period 1897-1906 the poet Giosuè Carducci. In allocating the legacy to the municipality of Cesena the Countess asked expressly to keep intact the room reserved for Carducci: you can observe even the wrought-iron bed, desk, Dresser, desk and armchair with wheels that the poet used in his period of illness. Also displayed some interesting photographs. Otherwise the villa housing the Museum of mechanical music, unique Museum. Seven rooms (even the room that housed the Queen Margherita of Savoy) with an exciting journey through ancient musical instruments and rare sound machines. Visit us before a graceful and Marrakech Guide, then the Director of the Museum who enthusiastically recounted how he bought at auction a couple of sound machines. Outside the villa overlooking the Valley of Cesena is the literary garden parlante, an attraction that should appeal to even distracted holidaymakers in Romagna.
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  • This museum is housed in a stately home known as Villa Silvia. You visit not independently but following the Guide. The course includes a first part in which the guide tells of Countess Pasolini-Zachariah, who was owner of the villa, and the poet Giosuè Carducci, a family friend, who stayed at the villa several times over the years from 1897 to 1906. The first room you visit is precisely that of Carducci, remained absolutely untouched since then: it gives some excitement to see personal items and books actually belonged to Carducci, feeling tell many details on stays of the poet in the villa. In another room, we learn something more about the character of the Countess. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but would recommend taking the case to the singular way in which the Countess wrote postcards and if possible even more singular, he wrote the letters. After that, start the part of the visit dedicated to the exhibition of mechanical musical instruments (in the villa houses the Italian mechanical Music Association). It begins with a wagon-Leonardo's design military drum, which highlights the working mechanism (rotating cylinders with overhangs at the sounds to be issued) and demonstrates the use in battle; Finally you look and sound effect is remarkable. Then we move on to see the small indoor mechanical instruments, which were kept in homes is purely decorative value that in order to have music without needing to bring musicians. With very few exceptions, all the tools that you will encounter during your visit are functioning (as restored by the Association) and guide will run to get them to listen. Then we move on to tools for use in Street, far more voluminous and complex. They are usually hollow cylinder or based on cartoons, sometimes operated by introducing a coin; produce sounds by combining the mechanics of traditional instruments (hammers like those of the piano, organ, percussion rods, etc.). The tour continues to various rooms up to back down on the ground, where among other things you see (and hear) a colossal party organ of the country, which was built in Modena, just beyond the middle of the 19th century. The Guide also has highlighted how various tools were of Italian manufacture. The visit, lasting about an hour, was very interesting and enjoyable for the preparation and the proper way of doing the driving. It was explained to me that to Saturday, having less affluence, there is only one guide present. So if you get when a visit is already running you must wait for it to end; but it can also happen as me, that I could start the visit just arrived and it was only me. On Sundays there are multiple guides. Get to the Museum is simple: from a roundabout on Route 9, on the Western outskirts of Cesena (coming from Forlì is right before "Trio"), take in the direction of San Vittore. The last stretch up a narrow road into the hills. However since the via Emilia there are numerous signs for Villa Silvia, thanks to which you arrive at your destination without hesitation. When you see the gate, is it easy to find parking space in the squares to the right or left side of the road.
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  • The Museum is very nice, pity for Filthy and too haphazard. Spiders and mice everywhere. Kitchen staff extremely rude. .
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  • Designed by AMMI (Italian Association mechanical music), is a splendid tour of ancient musical instruments and a little magic. Essential to the tour guide. Fairly priced given the uniqueness of the pieces. Recommended.
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