Museo Archeologico del Chianti Senese, Castellina in Chianti

Archeological Museum of Chianti Senese

Three important moments of the Chianti 'landscape'

Piazza del Comune, 18
The rooms of the Museum are arranged on two floors of the mediaeval fortress situated in Piazza del Comune and are divided into two distinct sections: on the ground floor there are the laboratories and entrance-hall, on the top floor the show-rooms.

The museum presents the archaeological findings as documents that testimony to the three important moments in the formation of the Chianti 'landscape': the Chianti of the shepherds of the late bronze period (XI-X centuries BC), the Chianti of the Etruscan princes, corresponding to the ancient phase of Etruscan history (late VII - late VI centuries BC) and the Chianti of the fortified settlements on high ground, areas that developed in the course of the IV century BC (later abandoned in late III century BC).

There is a room dedicated to each specific theme ('Focus' room') and a room exhibiting findings that also originate from other territories relating to the Chianti area. There is no fixed, obligatory route around the museum; on the contrary, the visitor is invited to choose and personalise an itinerary according to his needs, curiosity and specific interests. Multimedia material provides information on the various opportunities offered and characteristics of the collection, while touchscreens furnish visitors with easy and immediate interactive consultation before entering the show-rooms.

Options include type of language – (specialised, non-specialised, suitable for children etc.), types of visit (groups, with children etc.), requests for further details/information. Multimedia projections in the form of short film, photographs and animation on large screens are organised in each of the show-rooms, connecting the findings to the archaeological sites as well as informing visitors of activities, themes and peculiar characteristics of the cultural era being presented.
Castellina in Chianti
The town full of thick woodland and beautiful wild plant species
The many archaeological finds unearthed in this area attest to human presence here from the end of the VII century BC. At this time, the area was an important crossroads between the Etruscan communities on the coast (at Vulci, Vetulonia and Roselle) and those further north, as well as being well connected with the ports on the Adriatic coast which connected Italy to the Orient. ...