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Museum of the ‘Focarazza’ of Saint Catherine - Roccalbegna - Il Monte Amiata


Via Roma n. 15 - Santa Caterina


This ethnographic collection of the celebration of the Fire of Saint Catherine is housed in the premises of a former blacksmith's forge. The museum documents the work, traditions and rituals relating to the traditional celebratory bonfire, the use of fire in daily life and the wood deriving from trees of Monte Amiata. The exhibition is divided into two sections, the first of which comprises a collection of objects used for work and domestic activities related to fire. The second focuses on the “stollo”, a long symbolic wooden pole, used in the celebration to construct the “Focarazza”, or bonfire. The ancient ritual dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria, is renewed every 24th November and is the most important festivity for the whole local community. The evocative stages of the celebration are illustrated with rich photographic documentation. The museum also has a significant collection of traditional children's games. Guided tours and educational workshops are available.


guided tours of the museum and educational workshops



Accessibility disabled

Partially accessible


from 1 November 2011, open on request


Free entry

From 1 July 2017 with a single ticket you can access 7 museums

Museum Full ticket * Reduced ticket **
Exhibition section of Centro Studi D. Lazzaretti (Acidosso)*** € 5,00 € 3,00
Art collection of Palazzo Nerucci (Castel del Piano) € 5,00 € 3,00
House Museum of Monticello Amiata (Cinigiano) € 5,00 € 3,00
Ethnographic Museum (Roccalbegna) € 5,00 € 3,00
Mercury Mines Museum (Santa Fiora) € 5,00 € 3,00
Museum of Oil (Seggiano) € 5,00 € 3,00
Mineralogical Museum (Semproniano) € 5,00 € 3,00

 * Can only be used for visiting the museum that issued it and has daily validity;
 ** Can only be used for visiting the museum that issued it and has daily validity;
*** With the same ticket you can also access the museum of the Middle Ages and MACO

a unique ticket is available for visitors throughout the season
and thus until 31/12/2017 for the visit of all the above mentioned museum
facilities under the conditions indicated in the following table.

Unique Ticket of Access to all the museums listed above FULL REDUCED
€ 10,00 € 5,00

REDUCED: young people under the age of 18, 
students under the age of 25, over 65 years, 
families and accompanying people with disabilities.


Director: Luisa Colombini
Info and reservations: 347/1915174    0564/965220


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