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The Archeological Museum

Discovering centuries of history

Piazza S. Carlo, Pienza
Pienza’s Archeological Museum is located on the ground floor of the Ex-conservatory of San Carlo, a medieval building that was later drastically renovated in order to be used as a school. It hosts archeological and Etruscan collections documenting the urban and architectural history of the Pienza territory from prehistoric times to the late Roman age as well as spotlighting the medieval formation of Corsignano and its transformation into Renaissance Pienza.

Opened in 2002, this museum also spotlights the archeological area surrounding the Barbieri Cave and the Necropolis of Pianoia where archeologists uncovered seven tombs from the II and I centuries B.C.  Owned by the Cathedral System, the museum’s Etruscan pieces are part of the Landi Newton Collection which more than 500 artifacts taken from an archaic necropolis in Borghetto di Pienza. Other treasures (IV and III century BC) were found in the area surrounding Sant’Anna in Camprena. The Roman period has been documented thanks to the presence of a residential building located in San Gregorio, which is also thought to have been used in medieval times.

Contact information:
Piazza San Carlo
Pienza (SI) cristina@comunedipienza.it
a superb example of Renaissance architecture, built upon request by Enea Silvio Piccolomini, Pope Pio II from 1458
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