Museo paleontologico

Palaeontology Museum

A journey through prehistoric remains found in the Valdarno area

The Palaeontology Museum in Montevachi has been housed on the first floor of the fifteenth century San Lodovico convent since 1829. The museum was first opened in 1809 in Figline Valdarno, until it was moved to its current location. The museum is home to the remains of plants and animals which lived in the Valdarno area in the Pliocene and Pleistocene ages, between 3 million and 100 million years ago. It is currently closed for restoration work which is expected to take at least two years. The most important items in the museum’s collection are the cranium of a Canis Etruscus and the remains of an Elephas Meridionalis.

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The very name of Montevarchi gives us a clue of its strategic position, intermediary between Arezzo, Florence and Siena
In the town, of 21,000 inhabitants, you can admire the Palazzo del Podestà and the Collegiate of St. Laurence, that holds the important Museum of Sacred Art. Among the most valuable works held by the museum there is the 15th century Tempietto by Andrea della Robbia and the gilded, wooden one, a reliquary created by Giovanni del Brina in 1567. ...