Sarteano is particularly important from the historical point of view. Located between Val d’Orcia and Valdichiana, the area of Sarteano has been inhabited for thousands of years. For this reason, Sarteano has a very rich archeology. In particular, some of the most important Etruscan tombs of Tuscany are located in the countryside around Sarteano. A large portion of the archeological objects found in the area form the collection of the Museo civico archeologico di Sarteano.
Etruscan and Roman period
Just traces of Etruscan are ones that have marked the area around Sarteano, from the 9th to the 1st century BC. The first settlements occupied the highest hills, near the necropolis of Sferracavalli, along the road to Radicofani and then, especially during the VII century BC, in the area towards Castiglioncello del Trinoro where the vast necropolis of Solaia-Along with its numerous burials within Canopic jars (human head typical of this territory cinerary vases), demonstrates the presence nearby of a densely populated town especially in late orientalizing.
So the most important necropolis from that period are precisely that the building, located along one of the roads, which are the avenues leading to closed, and the necropolis of the Pianacce. The latter, under investigation since 2000 by the Museo civico archeologico in Sarteano and from archaeological Group gave over the years a number of Etruria extraordinary discoveries, as well as being located in an area of great scenic beauty with a splendid view over the Chiana Valley to control than it was even in the crucial North-South Road axis between Orvieto and Arezzo. First the great Tomb of quadriga infernale, with unique and lively coloured paintings of the second half of the 4th century BC.
Visit the Pianacce necropolis is free.
Archaeological Civic Museum
The museum was founded in 1997 and is housed in the 16th-century palazzo Gabrielli.
In the first room the visit starts with the findings of the eighth and the first half of the 7th century BC from the tomb and the tombs of Poggio Sferracavalli Round pit.
The lower floor of the Museum is dedicated to the stunning results of the excavations of the necropolis of the Pianacce, which began in 2000 and led to the discovery of a painted Tomb dating from the second half of the fourth century. BC with unique scenes in Etruria. This is the Grave of the quadriga infernale, on the walls of which are depicted the demon Charun, driving his chariot, a quadriga composed of two lions and two Griffins, abandons the Ade, two elegant deceased to Banquet, a snake with three heads of exceptional dimensions and colours bright and a seahorse on the pediment of the bottom over the impressive sarcophagus of Alabaster grey-imported Alabaster from Volterra but worked locally–with the deceased lying on the lid , final resting place of the owner of the Tomb.
reproduction of the Tomb
The Tomb, open only on Saturdays by reservation, is documented through his perfect scale reproduction made with a unique technique in Italy within the Museum where is also its ceramic Kit.
In the months from May to October the tomb of Quadriga is open at other times.
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In the other rooms stand out, always from the necropolis of the Pianacce, fetid stone carvings including the boundary figured and the extraordinary group pit with the deceased and Vanth unique example found in its original context, in addition to attic black-figure that both fine ceramics with red figures.
Among the materials of the Hellenistic era of particular value are the gold necklace, the neck bone mirror decorated in relief and the peculiar mask of Silenus in lead.
Museo Civico Archeologico di Sarteano at 0578269261/0578269212