Museo dell’Arte della Lana



  • Largest wool mill in Stia
  • Unique “panno casentino” cloth
  • Connection to famous figures like Verdi and Hepburn
  • Museum showcasing textile history and techniques
Via Giovanni Sartori, 2, 52015 Stia AR, Italy
Days / Time Open:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 – 13:00

Thursday, Sunday:


Discover the fascinating history of the Eco-Museum for Wool in Stia, once the largest wool mill in the region. Unveil the secrets of the unique “panno casentino” cloth, a fuzzy wool fabric adored by legends like Verdi, Puccini, and Audrey Hepburn. Explore this important cultural attraction and learn about the textile techniques that shaped the economy of the Arno Valley.

Culture & History

Established in 1852, the Lanificio di Stia was once the heart of the wool industry in the Arno Valley. The mill employed over 500 workers and produced around 700,000 meters of cloth per year. At its peak, the factory was an official supplier to the House of Savoy. As the wool industry declined, the mill was closed in 2000. However, in 2010, the “Luigi e Simonetta Lombard” Foundation revived the mill as the Museum of the Art of Wool. The museum preserves the rich textile history of the region, which includes the creation of the famous “panno casentino” cloth. This unique fabric was initially a rustic cloth worn by monks and mountaineers but later gained popularity among influential figures.