Summer nights in Tuscany are about friends, laughs, a glass of wine, sunsets on the beach, a walk along the narrow streets of a little medieval town or an ice-cream in one of the famous piazzas … but also about archaeology! Because “The Nights of Archaeology” are back! For the entire month of July, museums, parks and all the other archaeological sites of Tuscany will open their doors, with extraordinary night tours and special events. The programme is incredibly wide and varied, offering history and entertainment, nature and food, hiking (well, “archaeohiking” in fact) and activities for children. A total of 250 events can be found here (in Italian, sorry!). Just to give you an idea
- “CIAK - The Film Festival of Archaeology” is hosted this year at Piombino castle (July 9), with the island of Elba in the background, and in Piazza del Duomo in Siena (July 16-18), which needs no introduction!
- “Le antiche vie del commercio etrusco” ("The ancient Etruscan trade routes") is a project aimed at the whole family, with the re-enactment of the journey of an Etruscan chariot from the Natural Park of Maremma and the archaeological sites of Vetulonia and Roselle (July 13-14 and 20-21), with guided tours, food tastings, workshops and evening shows.
- The "Massaciuccoli Romana - Festival of Ancient Rome", in the archaeological area of Camaiore (Lucca), will revive a Roman camp (July 6-7).
- "Archaeology narrator" is the theater programme, created by the National Archaeology Museum of Florence, at the archaeological areas of Castellina in Chianti-Tumulo di Montecalvario, Vetulonia Castiglione della Pescaia- Archeological Museum I. Falchi, Grosseto-Museum of Archaeology and Art of Maremma, Archaeological Area of Roselle and at the Archaeological Museum of Florence itself.
- Concerts in unexpected places: Pomonte (Scansano) – Music at dawn, concert in the archaeological site of Ghiaccio Forte (July 7, 6am, free). Massa – Music under the stars in the courtyard of the Renaissance Malaspina Castle (July 3, 9.15pm, 5 €). Montignoso (Massa Carrara) – Jewish, Bulgarian and Romanian traditional music in the Aghinolfi Castle (July 14, 9.15pm, 5 €).
- Archaeohiking: Casole d’Elsa (Siena) – (July 6, 9am, free, booking required). Chianciano Terme (Siena) - Path "Water of the Romans " (July 7 and 28, 9am, 20 €). Chiusi (Siena) - From the lake of Chiusi, to the towers, up to the civic museum "The Underground City" (July 6 and 27, 6pm, 5 €). Sarteano (Siena) - A walk in search of the old mills, the ancient chapels, the Etruscan necropolis, the remains of thermal baths (July 7 and 21, 9am, free, booking required).
- Special guided tours: Cerreto Guidi (Florence) – Medici Villa (July 4, 9, 11 and 18, 9pm, free). Lucca – Guided tours to discover the wide archaeological area below the Romanesque church of SS. Giovanni and Reparata and some peculiarities of the Baptistery, while children will enjoy fun activities on the theme of the mosaic (July 5 and 24, 9pm, 1 €). Barberino Val d’Elsa (Florence) - Sant'Appiano Antiquarium and the parish, with its precious frescoes (July 15, 9.30pm, free). Giglio Castello (Giglio Island) - Visit to the ancient fortress (July 13, 6pm, free). Castelnuovo in Val di Cecina (Livorno) - Guided tour of the Etruscan-Roman sacred-thermal site "Il Bagnone" (July 27, 5.45pm, free). Pistoia - A walk in the old town through the memories and the remains of the Roman and Medieval city and an exclusive visit to San Mercuriale monastery (July 11, free, booking required). Pomarance (Pisa) - Guided night tour to the Rocca Sillana, a national monument which offers a magnificent view (July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 9pm, free).
- Entertainment, sport, food: Archaeological Park of Baratti and Popolunia – “Etruscan Night” with guided and “played” tour and Etruscan dinner (July 6 and 20, 9.15pm, 10 €). Archaeological Park of Cortona – Inauguration and guided tour of the new cycle and pedestrian paths of the Archaeological Park (July 21, 5pm, 10 €). The best "archaeo-food" events suggested by Tuscan