The MuDEV coordinates activities concerning communications, touristic offerings, education, and project development for the museums, with the aim of raising the quality of their services.
These activities take place against a background of historical-cultural and environmental factors that inform the strong identity of a territory. One of these, moving east-west, is flow of the Arno – which has had an extraordinary impact in terms of cultural and economic development since antiquity, linked the hinterland with the Mediterranean – and, moving north-south, the Via Francigena, which from the early Middle Ages to the 13th century, along with the Romea Strata, connected this area with central and northern Europe. Other cultural itineraries, like the Via Medicea and the Via degli Etruschi, link this area with the plain of Florence along a line of Medici residences and some of the main settlements of northern Etruria.
Notable figures born in this area – Giovanni Boccaccio and Leonardo da Vinci above all – exemplify how much the cultural development of the Florentine, and consequently European, Medieval period and Renaissance owes to this territory. Remarkable artistic document are preserved in museums and monuments throughout the system, in a district distinguished by an outstanding variety of landscapes, from river valleys to hills to wetlands, amid Medieval villages, Romanesque parish churches, historical residences, and material and food-and-wine culture: an extraordinary introduction to the beauty and culture that we recommend absorbing in a slow-travel mode, using the instruments that the MuDEV system offers to its residents and visitors.