Whilst the name of Scansano is inseparable from its wine-making heritage, the town also has a fascinating ancient history that is undoubtedly worth exploring. The Ghiaccio Forte, thought to have been built in the fourth century B.C either as a refuge from Etruscans fleeing the Romans or as a home for the area’s wine producers, is located just outside Scansano on the SS322. The best-preserved section of the ancient city is the 1km long city wall, which, at 4 metres thick, was seemingly much stronger than other Etruscan city walls found in Maremma. Within the city are the remains of a small temple known as the Tempio di Divinità Agreste. Ancient votive offerings, including statues of warriors and animals and various ceramic artefacts unearthed from the temple, are now on display at the Archeological Museum. Located in the 15th century Palazzo Pretorio, the museum takes visitors on a fascinating journey from the prehistoric era to Etruscan and Roman civilisations in the Valle dell’Albegna, and houses detailed reconstructions and images of the Roman Villa which used to stand near the Aia Nova farm.