The Etruscan Museum of Chianciano Terme

The archaeological Civic Museum of Chianciano Terme is a must for all those who love history, art and culture: it is indeed an awesome testimony of the past of this territory, with many finds of Etruscan origin and a long journey that traces the last centuries of Chianciano Terme and surroundings. This was an area of Northern Etruria, very fertile and populated: the Valdichiana is dotted with Etruscan centers that they left many artifacts and many tombs are well preserved. Chianciano developed mainly thanks to its springs, so much so that the town already in the fifth century b.c. was the site of a cult of Apollo, which was joined to Diana-Sillene. In the numerous tombs discovered in the hills surrounding the town, bucchero pottery vases have been found important in Greece and statues stone URNs in fetid. The remains of the Etruscan civilization that dominated the area are well preserved within the Museum, which can be visited every day except Monday at these times.

A visit to the Etruscan Museum

The archaeological Civic Museum is located at the beginning of Via Dante and presents a comprehensive exhibition on the Etruscan civilization, organized by thematic sections that discuss all aspects of the life and death of the ancient inhabitants of these lands. The ground floor houses the impressive life-size reconstruction of the burial chamber of one of the richest tombs excavated in the territory of Chianciano Terme; This is certainly a princely Tomb, dating to the seventh century. BC found in the vicinity of the town.  It also houses a tomb of two centuries in a multiple burial, where you can admire the celliers shaped stone house fetid where they were placed the ashes of the deceased. In the basement there is a circular room called "the cruet", in which he kept the oil. There are also exposed the materials from the necropolis of the tread of the fifth century. BC and the statue winged goddess Vanth pit. Continuing towards the cellars of the building, the tunnels dug into the sand of the Hill perfectly match at reconstructions of tombs from the seventh century. BC found in the necropolis of the estuary. At the end stands the imposing figure of Mater Matuta which introduces the permanent exhibition on the role of women in society. The first floor is dedicated to the realm of sacredness etrusca: there are in fact the remains of a sanctuary of the fourth century. BC recovered near the source Sillene and rebuilding a temple pediment with statues and ornaments found at the hot spring of Fucoli. Always in this plan there is a reconstruction of some Etruscan farm environments, where they also found the tools for the production of wine. Finally the second floor houses the section on Etruscan Symposium: the Banquet Hall has been reconstructed with the triclinia, ritual objects and all the accessories you need to dine. Also on display are the finds from the excavations of a Roman bath complex, where the poet Horace was recovering with the waters of Chianciano Terme.

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