Rosignano Marittimo Civic Archaeology Museum

Discover the archaeological treasures from in and around Rosignano Marittimo

Via del Castello, Rosignano Marittimo LI
This museum is housed in Palazzo Bombardieri, in the medieval town of Rosignano. Visitors to the museum can trace the history of a vast area that stretches from the Livorno hills to the upper Cecina Valley, an area which was controlled in ancient times by the cities of Pisa and Volterra. Emphasis is on man’s rapport with his environment, economic activities (agriculture, animal husbandry, forestry, hunting, fishing, stone masonry, ceramics and trade) and the local Roman villas and farms. The museum contains funerary objects from necropolis at Castiglioncello and Vada, architectural and decorative elements from the luxurious residences situated along the coast (‘villae marittimae’) and amphorae and anchors from wrecks found in the waters off Vada. One section is dedicated to the San Gaetano archaeological area in Vada.

There are also numerous medieval and renaissance artefacts on display which were recovered from Rosignano Castle. On the ground floor of the Museum is a fascinating reconstruction of some rooms of a 1st century AD Roman villa – the atrium, triclinium or dining room, cubiculum or bedroom, kitchen and weaving room. The Museum also organizes activities for schools, including cooking with reproduction ancient pots and recipes, followed by serving and eating lunch in the triclinium and dying and weaving cloth on a loom.

Rosignano Marittimo
Rosignano Marittimo overlooks wonderful vistas of the sea and surrounding hills
Trails and paths through the greenery lead to fascinating reminders of the past, such as the washing troughs at Poggetti fountain and the windmill. Little towns are full of history and tradition and are surrounded by woods of cork, chestnut and Mediterranean scrub. Paths and trails follow through the countryside, reaching as far as Livorno. ...