The Castiglioncello National Archaeological Museum is situated on the Castiglioncello headland in an extensive pinewood at "Il Poggetto", a short distance from Baia del Porticciolo, and was built between 1912-1914 in the form of a Greek temple (IV – II centuries BC).
It is within an important archaeological area identified in the early 20th century.
More than 300 Etruscan and Roman tombs have been excavated on the headland, dating from the end of the IV to the beginning of I BC, containing particularly rich funerary objects, confirmation that a settlement with a lively economy was present in the area, with well developed production and commercial activities.
The inlets of Quercetano to the north and Portovecchio to the south guaranteed ships an easy landfall for loading and unloading cargo.
A selection of objects from the necropolis is on display in the Museum. Among these is a splendid II BC alabaster urn, which held the ashes of Velia Cerinei, a high ranking Etruscan lady.
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