Area archeologica di Cortona
Historical sites

The archaeological site in Cortona

Wonderful examples of Etruscan tomb decorations

The Camuccia tumulus, or tomb, was discovered in 1840 by Alessandro Francois. In 1964 a second tomb was also unearthed and during excavation work between 1979 and 1984, a tambour was uncovered. Despite being quite large, its difficult to fully appreciate this tambour due to damage caused immediately after the Second World War. One of the tombs discovered here in 1909 dates back to the sixth century BC. It consists of a number of chambers on either side of a central corridor known as the ‘dromos’.

There is also a large monumental tambour built from large square blocks. This contains two tombs; the first of which dates back to the sixth century BC and which was discovered in 1928-9. The second was discovered in 1991-2. On the opposite side there is a monumental podium funerary altar which was brought to light by the Soprintendenza in 1990. This altar has a step made from blocks with a carved decoration showing the struggle between two armed warriors who are trying to strike the wild beasts which are attacking them. This is a unique example in all Etruria of a construction decorated with such refined archaic carvings. These three monumental tombs are all near Cortona. The first is at Camucia and the other two are near Il Sodo. It’s possible to book an appointment to visit the archaeological sites. An archaeological park is currently being planned.

Opening hours
By appointment only between 8am-2pm except Mondays. Please call the Sodo custodian on 0575 612565

Entry fee

Disabled access
In part

Contact information
via dell'Ipogeo e loc. Il Sodo
Cortona (Arezzo)
Telephone 0575-612565

The beautiful city of Cortona lies in the mountains between the Valdichiana and Tevere valley. Cortona was a very important center of Etruscan civilization, and these ancient settlements remain at the core of the city’s identity. Two kilometers of the Etruscan walls, which date to the 5th century BCE, are still standing today. ...