In a remarkable palazzo, a remarkable look at a tumultuous and decisive era of history
Between Julius Caesar and Leonardo da Vinci
Though Italy has perhaps made its most dramatic marks in world history and art especially and famously due to its ancient and Renaissance periods, the Middle Ages here were also pretty dramatic and history-changing, and the Museo Civico Medievale is resounding proof. Located in the beautiful 15th-century Palazzo Ghisilardi Fava (a late-medieval gem in and of itself), its first floor is devoted to historical documentation, a tutorial on the Middle Ages, and putting in context the artifacts and works you're about to see upstairs. That collection includes armour, sculptures, paintings, and tools of various and sundry types; a particularly interesting highlight is the weapons collection, key to a city and region which historically endured so much conflict for centuries.