Museum of Passatempo in Rossiglione
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Comune di Rossiglione: piazza Matteotti 4 - 16010 Rossiglione (GE)
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A workshop and a living room, a television and a Vespa scooter. A decisively vintage mix that holds more than sixty years of Italian history in rooms that were perfectly reconstructed to show the new generations, but also those who were around at the time, the lifestyles and objects that marked the recent eras of Italy.

The Museo del passatempo di Rossiglione contains an emporium, the typical local shop where you could find everything, and a living room, with the inevitable Geloso television, a true novelty in the distant 1964.  There is also a section dedicated to the arrival of white goods, which in the boom years began filling Italian homes.

A space for the Vespa scooter, the symbol of Italian style in the world, could obviously not be missing. The office of an old dealer was reproduced for this unforgettable means of transport, with models on display and a collection of objects inspired by it.

The Museo del passatempo offers a historical cross section of Italy, its myths and its changes. The aim of the Development of the natural and cultural resources of Liguria project (Level 4 of the ROP ERDF 2007-2013) is to renovate a school building and move the Museum there, increasing its potentiality, even with multimedia support.

A little bit of history

The hamlet of Rossiglione is located behind the extreme western part of Genoa, and on the main road that leads to Ovada and Piedmont. It is positioned in a valley that is full of history, near Masone and Campo Ligure, between the waters of the Stura Valley, the chestnut woods of the mountains and the many forts, unmistakable traces of the Medieval past in the area.

Historically it was divided into the two hamlets of Lower and Upper Rossiglione, but they have now been united by urban development: the lower section still has profound traces of its Medieval origins.
Subjugated by the Marquisate of Monferrato and the Republic of Genoa, it became the land of many confrontations in the Napoleonic era because of its position between Liguria and Piedmont.

The intervention

The project includes construction work to renovate the first floor of the 19th century ex school building, the ground floor and parts of the other floors of which have already been fully restored to make it suitable for hosting museum activity.
The Museo del Passatempo will be moved to the new spaces, with its exhibition route covering a total surface area of approx 270 square metres.

In addition to this, the fittings and furnishings necessary for restoring the internal areas of the first floor will be installed, and the electrical system and the flooring will be repaired.
Toilets will be built and the doors, windows and colouring will be replaced and restored.

Specific environments will be created, dedicated to each theme in every room. In particular trails, both on the ground and overhead (of metal and wood), display stands, stage reconstructions, fixed and mobile furnishing items, technological equipment (computers, video and audio, multimedia), and illustrative panels will be added.

The walls, flooring, and ceilings will be treated with plastic elements to project fixed and moving images. Thanks to the use of audio, video and multimedia systems that transmit suggestions using sight, touch and sound, the visitor will become more involved.

Spaces for educational activities and interchanges with the current premises of the Hobby Museum, where the "Towards the boom...and more" section is to remain, will be created.
A promotional and popularization project for the new museum is also programmed. The project goal is to divide the spaces on the ground floor into a reception area, preparing a hall for temporary exhibitions, an educational room and four theme spaces.

Nearby

The territory of Rossiglione is part of the regional park of Beigua, where there are many trails for both trekking and horse riding enthusiasts. They are trails that offer spectacular views of the Ligurian sea and the Apennine mountains.
From among these, one trail leads to the astonishing Rocce nere (black rocks): a steep, hidden corner, a moon landscape with large overhanging mountain ridges, irregular peaks sculpted by the weather over the centuries.

Along the numerous mountain bike and trekking trails, you come across the ruins of seccherecci, buildings where, according to a centuries-old tradition of the Ligurian hinterland, chestnuts were dried and then ground to produce flour, often a basic food, fundamental in these extremely poor peasant and rural areas.

Do not forget the flavours that this area offers: amaretti from nearby Sassello, mushrooms that grow abundantly in the woods and valleys, truffles from Millesimo and many types of local cheese.

Oddities

Rossiglione, like the nearby small towns of Masone and Campo Ligure, was an important centre of production and iron working during the Middle Ages and the Modern age: the great abundance of water from the River Stura supplied the power for moving the heavy mallets needed for working the metal.

Of the 47 that were active in the whole Republic of Genoa during the 17th century, Rossiglione held 8 that forged arms, tools and nails.
The iron used for the ships in the Genoese fleet, just like the 17th century walls of the capital and the Lantern itself, all came from Rossiglione.

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