There are many unusual objects conserved in the villa: this instrument is an example (called a balotin) which was used for elections. The voters would insert the balota (a ball) in the white part of the red part of the balotin to express their vote. The secret element of the vote was upheld by the fact that no one could see where the ball was placed. It is from this system of voting that the Italian word ‘ballottaggio’ (ballot) derives.
The great pigeon coop once was home to a thousand doves, which were used to feed the habitats of the villa. The dove is considered to be a very precious bird and the nobility preferred it to chicken and turkey.
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