The Musei della Rocca
The Castle at Sestola houses two museums. The first, in what was once the Palazzo del Governo, or Governor’s Quarters, dedicated to Mechanical musical instruments, contains 120 mechanical musical instruments built from the early 17C to the present day. Many of the instruments on show are in working order and can be heard during guided visits. The second museum, of Mountain Life, is in the top part of the Castle stables. Thanks to gifts and loans from local families, this exhibition, first created in 1986 and reorganised in 2010, contains about 1,500 items giving insight into mountain life and work in the past. One room in the Palazzo del Governatore is dedicated to opera singer Teresina Burchi Reiter (Sestola 1877 – Milan 1963), a famous soprano known above all for her interpretations of Wagner. To conclude, three floors of the Castle’s tower recount Sestola’s prehistory and history, with two panels in particular focusing on Sestola during the Second World War. One of these tells the story of Irma Marchiani, a native of Florence. Irma loved spending her holidays in the mountain resort, and it was in Sestola that she joined the partisans, rising to the rank of deputy commander of her formation. In 1944 she was captured at Trignano and transferred to prison in Pavullo. She was shot in Pavullo on 26 November 1944.