Memories, forgotten flavours and aromas about the time of the ‘Felix’ plain of Caserta. Objects speaking about fatigue, humanity and hard living but genuine.
This museum offers a journey through memory of our grandparents and great-grandparents. It is an opportunity to see things that we can’t give a name anymore, the same things that were necessary 70 or 100 years ago. Objects expertly made from wood, metal, pottery, hemp, cotton, wool, glass. Objects used, broken, lovingly repaired and restored to new life, since plastic didn’t exist and nothing could be thrown away. This is how you could see forgotten jobs: plowing, spilling wine, beating hemp – the same hemp that was related to the flavour and sweat of the territory of Caserta around Clanio for decades. Was there another river apart from Volturno? Of course. An old river, today ingloriously reduced to storm drain. During the itinerary there is a reference to the ancient culture of the vite maritata, admired by French, German and English travellers from 1700. Green architecture rare to see nowadays.
A journey used to remember stories lost in time. This museum reconstructs spaces of daily life too: the only room used to eat, to sleep, to wash – little and badly – to prey, to born and finally to die. All in the Bourbon complex of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Real Boarding school built on the Appian way, the road that has always given the name and the identity to this town.
The museum was built on the local territories and was once used as the refectory of the Bourbon Convitto.
Text and photographs: Pietro Di Lorenzo / translated by Denise Kendall-Jones (2020)
Wheelchair accessibility guaranteed
Monday to Saturday, 8.30 to 2pm
Closed: Sunday, public holydays, and Saturday - Sunday during August , Christmas and Easter
piazza Municipio, 14 - 81020 San Nicola La Strada (CE)