The Ethnographic Museum in Forlì is one of the oldest Italian museums devoted to material culture. Its initial collection comprised the Romagna Ethnographic Exhibition staged in 1921 by Aldo Spallicci, Emilio Rosetti, and Benedetto Pergoli.
The Museum was inaugurated the following year at Palazzo Del Merenda. It features, among other things, reconstructions of rural and domestic environments and typical artisans’ workshops. The latter include a luthier’s workshop, featuring materials and tools that belonged to two luthiers who were active in Forlì during the first half of the 20th century: Armando Barbieri and Rodolfo Tramonti.
Rodolfo Tramonti (Forlì 1901-1971) won awards in Bolzano, Rome, and Padua and built about 170 instruments.