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Parco Archeologico di Artimino

Etruscans in the suburbs

Etruscan warrior

This museum, opened in a former wine cellar in Carmignano, has a rich collection of Etruscan art found in ancient Artimino, a rich town that controlled the trade routes from Tuscany and Lazio to Etruria Padana and beyond.

The finds in the museum, divided between the World of the Living and the World of the Dead, mostly come the area's many tombs, among them a unique censer with two basins and a boat, bronze vases, and a red figured krater painted with initiation scenes, found in a 3rd-century BC tomb.

Etruscan censer

The archaeological park spread over the surrounding area includes four locations (the website pinpoints their location and opening hours)

The Etruscan Tumulo di Montefortini is a well-preserved 7th-century BC burial mound, discovered only in 1965. Previously thought to be just a natural hill, instead it turned out to be an impressive tumulus 36ft high and 262ft in diameter, covering two burial chambers. A long hall leads down to the vestibule and rectangular tomb chamber, both carefully covered with corbeled vaulting; the wide shelf in the chamber was probably used for the gifts an Etruscan needed in the afterlife. The other chamber is round, like a Mycenean tholos, and partially collapsed from an earthquake.

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Outside the Centre

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Images by JP, Museo Archeologico, Sailko