Inaugurated in 2007, after careful restoration work made possible thanks to a generous European funding, Museo Fucina Zanetti represents a sort of garrison, an “outpost” for the visitor who accesses the Valsabbino village. The history of Casto is intrinsically connected with the processing of iron, since the seventeenth century, when there were 35 plants and the forge represented the final step of a production cycle that began in the valtrumpline mines.
Museo Fucina Zanetti is immersed in the urban context of Casto, almost hidden between the new buildings and the traffic of the main road but tells the story not too far from the processing of iron.
In the forge there is still a mallet, with its own waterwheel and another wheel that in the past used to operate the shearing machine. No less interesting are the machines inside and that witness the continuous innovative process of iron working in Valle Sabbia, which lasted at least until the mid-twentieth century.
Easily accessible, Museo Fucina Zanetti is composed of a large room and an adjacent room, smaller in size. A barbell (“la berta”), a more recent hydraulic mallet, anvils and other tools are exhibited. Illustrative panels allow to trace the history and operation of the forge. During the visits, an educational film completes the itinerary.