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Area archeologica e naturalistica di Pietramarina
Historical sites

The Naturalistic and Archaeological Area in Pietramarina

Discover Etruscan settlements and monoliths

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Pietramarina is on the ridge of Montalbano in an atmospheric area covered with oak trees. It is also home to a megalith called Masso del Diavolo (‘the Devil’s Rock’). This huge boulder has a stairway and pool carved in it which has led to the belief that it was once an ancient Etruscan site of worship or ritual. It’s possible to see the far away island of Gorgona from here on a clear day. Visitors can get here on foot in approximately 30 minutes by following the footpath uphill from San Giusto al Pinone. The vegetation along the path is typical to this region and is made up of holly, Turkey oak and cedars.

An Etruscan citadel came to light during archaeological digs here in the 1990s. It is thought that the Etruscans chose to settle here because of the area’s dominant hilltop position from where it’s possible to see most of the surrounding countryside and towns, such as Fiesole, San Gimignano, Volterra and the Livorno coast. The crest of the hill is circled by a wall 3 metres wide and 360 metres long. Inside the wall is an area that covers almost a hectare and which contains several monumental structures. There is a structure dating back to the fifth century BC, a Hellenistic building and a Roman age monumental area. In the middle of the structure there is a rectangular fire place and several holes for holding bell poles. This points to the fact that the area was inhabited from the seventh century BC.
The Carmignano territory stretches through the graceful Montalbano hills, an area vaunting numerous hamlets that form its unique identity, including Artimino, Bacchereto, Comeana, La Serra, Poggio alla Malva, Santa Cristina a Mezzana, Seano and Verghereto, not to mention the town bearing the name same. ...