Faithfully restored by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, the museum offers the possibility to learn about part of the pre-industrial period, discovering the operation of the hydraulic mill and the overall milling process, as well as representing a place of interest for enthusiasts of traditions and ancient crafts. The museum is divided into three sections: the first is dedicated to the mill and contains three millstones and the essential machinery for the production of flour; the second is ethnographic in character with the reconstruction of the shoemaker’s workshop and the presentation of old trades and provides important clues to the anthropic man-activity relationship and the environment; finally, the third is dedicated to natural sciences, referring instead to the role of dissemination centre for the botanical and mycological knowledge of the Museum: indeed, regular displays are organized in the exhibition areas on these themes. The Roccavione millstone mill belongs to a typology that refers to the oldest mills in history and is used above all for the grinding of seeds, pigments, colours, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. The infeed material generally has a diameter of a few millimetres and the completed products are in the form of powder whose granules reach the size of about 100 μm. It is therefore pulverization.
Museo del vecchio mulino
The building is located in the peripheral area of the old town centre, towards the railway track.
Conditions of visit
As soon as you take the SP259, at the entrance of the town, turn left and take via Molino.
Asphalt road, roadside parking nearby.
By appointment and during events.
- Adriano Restifo, Mulini a pietra del cuneese , L’artistica, Savigliano 2006, pp. 114-115.
- Andrea Levico, Vermenagna e Roya, le valli delle meraviglie , Primalpe 2007, p.88.
- AA.VV., Le valli tra i parchi Marguareis e Alpi Marittime. Gesso, Vermenagna, Pesio, territorio della Bisalta , PiùEventi 2018, p.137.