The “Riccardo Francovich” Centre for Documentation is located inside the town hall in Scarlino and brings together archeological artefacts found during excavations at the castle.
The archeological pieces allow for scholars to reconstruct a residential centre on the hill in Scarlino, dating to the Bronze Age. The stronghold was later abandoned and occupied again in the late Etruscan era. The site’s saw its longest use between the 7th and 11th centuries BCE, when a 1,500-square metre complex of homes was built. Later on, the site was settled in the late-Republic and Roman period and abandoned again until late-Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.
The castle and the walls surrounding the entire village were rebuilt in the 14th century, when the fortress became part of the principality of Piombino, under the rule of the Appiano family, leading to a period of stability and economic growth.
The centre includes a documentation of the main monuments and archeological sites in the territory and several objects of everyday use that illustrate the various phases of life in the area around the castle from the Bronze Age (around 2000 BCE) to the 17th century.