The Archeological Museum

The history of the region from the Prehistoric Age to the Roman period

Piazza del Pretorio, 3
The Archeological Museum in Scansano is housed in the fifteenth century Palazzo Pretorio. This building was renovated in 1998 to make room for the museum. The museum documents the history of human habitation in the area of the Albegna valley and includes archaeological artifacts from digs which have been carried out over the last 30years. The most important events in the life of this town throughout history from Prehistoric times to the Etruscan and Roman eras are brought to life in the museum. There are artifacts on display from the Hellenistic Age, such as ceramics and a series of bronze fertility statues which were unearthed in the Ghiaccio Forte area. This fort was founded in the fourth century BC, on the northern border of Vulci and to the right of Albegna.

A sanctuary was built here in the Bronze Age and was only destroyed around 280 BC, when the whole territory was conquered by the Romans. The museum itinerary continues with an examination of the Roman era. There are reconstructions and images of the Roman villa which was built near to where the Aia Nova farm stands today. This lordly villa provides strong evidence of the ‘Romanisation’ of the territory. The villa stood on a wide natural terrace and consisted of a central atrium with four pillars in the middle of the other rooms. There was a banquet room, bedrooms and a kind of drawing room. The whole villa was decorated with murals and elaborate flooring which is covered today in order to preserve it. It is, however, possible to view theses decorations in the museum. The villa also had a built-in spa.

Opening hours
The museum is open from Easter from the 20th – 25th March and then from 29th March – 31st May every weekend. It is also open everyday 1st June – 30th September. Hours: 10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm.
Closed on Mondays.

Entry fee

Disabled access

Contact information
P.zza Pretorio
Scansano (Grosseto)
Telephone 0564-509106

The town of Morellino looks onto the beauty of the Maremma landscape
Scansano is located in the hilly Maremma inland along a strip of land between the coast and the slopes of Mount Amiata, boasting vast and varied panoramas. It dates back to the Etruscans and the Romans as evidenced by the archeological site in Ghiaccioforte. It was dominated by the Aldobrandeschi family, who built a castle in the village that was later used as a convent. ...