"Rinaldo Firighelli" Ethnographic Museum

The "Rinaldo Firighelli" Ethnographic Museum is located in the centre of the village in a four-storey house, a donation of the Rinaldo Firighelli family (Nino) and collects the most authentic rural and artisan testimonies of the area.

Ticket costs € 2,00. For information about the visit or for reservations please write to museo@andagna.it

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Ground floor

On the ground floor there are three rooms used as an old wine cellar, an elegant living room and Carpenter's Butea (workshop).

In the wine cellaran old wooden wine press dated 1837 shows the art of good local wine.
The Collections' living room, entirely donated by Nanda De Marchi, contains evidence of a bygone era.
The carpentry , exactly as it was a hundred years ago, contains treasures and tools that allow us to understand how much effort and skill there was in the hands of Maestro Petrò (Pietro Tirso), from the workbench, to the various systems for cutting trees and making tables at work, to the chisels and what was necessary to make real masterpieces.

First floor

On the first floor there is a Farmer's Hall with an old hand-drawn cart, some wooden and iron ploughs.

A second room, dedicated to trades, contains tools for cultivating the soil, cutting grass, toasting coffee, making shoes.
The third room represents two Schools, the sewing school with sewing machines from the past, scissors, irons, the machine to card wool and to make skeins, and the elementary school with a bench, a calculator (an abacus), a globe and three original report cards from the Fascism and Savoia times.

Second floor

On the second floor the kitchen was made according to the information found in the old village houses, with a circular fire in the middle of the room, surmounted by the classic Canizzu (chestnut dryer), the cupboard and other evidence found or offered by the population.
The next room contains the bedroom, with the cradle, an iron bed, a wardrobe and old clothes.

Top floor

The museum has been completed on the top floor with a tribute to the Baggiue (Witches) of Andagna., who were imprisoned, tortured, interrogated and tried during the Inquisition in 1587 by the civil commissioner Giulio de Scribani. One of these trials was against four women from Andagna, namely Caterina, wife of Marco Capponi-Bosio, and the sisters: Antonina, Bianchina and Battistina, daughters of Vivaldi-Scarella.

They, according to the accusation, would have "spoiled (caused illness) in Alassio two children; the Battistina, made "many upheavals with the killing of a cow... and the storm brought down the day of Pentecost; the crimes of Antonina spoiled a three year old male, killed two men, one with a toxic compound of cat's brain, the other with a devilish ointment that gave her the devil."“.

On 30th August 1588, Giulio de Scribani sent to Genoa the sentence against "the evil women of Andagna". In October 1588 the four women were taken to Genoa for a review of the trial which was held the following year. The poor women were never heard of again, but never returned to their homes.

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