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Historical sites

Casentino Archaeological Museum

A historical itinerary in Bibbiena among artefacts and ancient objects

Map for 43.69422,11.818177
via Berni, 21

The Casentino Archaeological Museum is located in Bibbiena and recreates the history of the Casantino valley, revealing to its visitors how the territory changed in the period between Prehistory and the late Roman era.

The first section is dedicated to Prehistory and illustrates the ancient fossilised fauna that once inhabited the shores of the now dried up Villafranchian lake, along with a series of prehistoric stone-carving stations.

The second, third and fourth rooms are centred on the Etruscans and document the presence of this ancient civilization. This is achieved through reconstructions of the first villages made of huts, the evidence of unearthed building complexes and places of worship, among which is the celebrated religious hoard uncovered at the Lake of the Idols on Monte Falterona, where an important Etruscan sanctuary used to exist, and the remains of the temple of Socana. Lastly, Roman presence in Casentino is illustrated with the reconstruction of a rustic villa typical of the area.

Moreover, the museum offers educational workshops for children to learn through playing, and excursions for the whole family and adults, which lead to the Lake of the Idols.

Info: arcamuseocasentino.it


Bibbiena, a superb base if you’re visiting the wonderful Casentino forests, started out life as a medieval stronghold on a hill, topped with the Tarlati Tower. A walk around the town must start at the fifteenth-century Church of San Lorenzo, which contains two lovely terracotta works, a Deposition and an Adoration by Andrea della Robbia. ...