Within the Museum of the Via Spluga and Val San Giacomo is a permanent exhibition illustrating the history and crucial international role over the centuries of the Via Spluga. Going inside Mu.Vi.S is like a taking a trip back in time: the exhibits on display tell of a life full of sacrifice which toughened up the people who had lived it, seemingly almost attached to the mountain, completely at one with it. Stories of workers, crop growers, cattle farmers and craftsmen, but also of women and children. Stories of emigration. Journeys almost lost in time, far-away place or season. The museum tells tales of caravans of mules and horses driven by local herdsmen which snaked along unlikely and tortuous pathways. It reveals the very nature of the traditional dwelling, of women’s work, children’s playthings of long ago, of traditional crafts and educational workshops; and these are just a few of the themes touched on by the museum. Political history and institutions, art and literature, archaeology and the environment are all incorporated..
Every day 09:30 – 12:30
Saturday also in the afternoon 16:00 – 18:00
July and August every day 09:30 – 12:30 / 16:00 – 18:00
Closed Monday afternoon
Booking: It is possible to book guided tours or openings outside normal opening hours for a minimum of 5 visitors
– full price € 4,00
– concessions € 2,00 (students and over 65’s)
– free entry for children under 6
It is a rural building for mixed use of the eighteenth century, with the oldest parts and represents a significant example of spontaneous architecture in Valchiavenna.
It is located in Fraciscio, Campodolcino fraction. It’s name comes from one of the last owners.
The building, typical of the area, has one big roof covered with “piote” that covers the entire building and the highest part, located about halfway up the largest facade south, marks the division between home and barn.
On the outside wall is the fresco of the Madonna, was commissioned by Lorenzo Maria Levi in 1834. The basement was used for stable for small animals and cattle. The house is accessed on the left side. A wooden stair leads to the spectacular balcony of the barn and on the upper floor. The building, owned by the Mountain Community Valchiavenna, is managed by MUVIS.
Opening hours July and August:
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 16:00 to 18:00.
Time out visits by appointment (Anna, tel. +39 338 52 15 361)
– full price € 2.00
– concessions € 1.50