Today, the 14th century Palazzo Pretorio, originally used as a Tribunal and as prisons, is where the Municipal Library (1st floor) and the Archaeological Museum (2nd floor) are.
The Archaeological Museum holds and tells the history of Castiglion Fiorentino and of its territory, both through traditional collections of artefacts and also thanks to an informative multimedia system.
The exhibition is organized in five rooms, each one deals with specific themes inherent to the ancient inhabited nucleus and its territory, rich with settlements from the Iron Age to the late Ancient Period: Etruscan bronzes with the Brolio deposit, the Etruscan temple from the Cassero area; Castiglion Fiorentino from its origins to its fortification; the Etruscan settlement of Brolio Melmone, centre of production and commerce along the Clanis; the activities that took place in the various settlements: fishing, spinning, weaving, and writing on ceramics.
Among the notable exhibits held in the museum, the reconstruction of a portion of the roof of the sanctuary (frontal sima) stands out. It is decorated with lilies and rosebuds in polychrome terracotta placed to shape a lion’s head.
There are also Etruscan Bronzes, from the noted “Brolio deposit,” among which there is i Guerrieri from the 6th century B.C.
The archaeological area can be visited thanks to an underground path. It includes some of the areas investigated during the course of the digging campaigns from 1989 to 2004. Here, there is evidence from the first Etruscan settlement (8th century B.C.) to the medieval period. The intervention of restoration and improvement of the archaeological area compared with the 1300s order, presents the parade ground again.
The Museum is open: January, February, March, November, and December.
Saturday and Sunday and holidays during the week – hours 10am-12:30pm – 3:30pm-6pm
From April to October: Morning 10am-12:30pm Afternoon 4pm-6:30pm (holidays and preholidays 4-7pm)
For further information:
Ph. +39 0575.659457