Civic Museum

Located in Via Cresci, inside Palazzo Pretorio, in the historical center of Montaione, the Civic Museum tells the story of this territory through archaeological, palaeontological, mineral and fossil findings recovered in the surroundings of Montaione.

The museum path is divided into two floors and follows a chronological order: at the entrance to the ground floor you can admire the remains of a fossil whale found in 1980 in Castelfalfi dating back to 4.5 / 3.9 million years , while in the following two rooms you can see the remains of ancient Etruscan settlements dated from IX to II century BC.

In the first room are exposed objects found in Etruscan and Roman necropolises located in Castelfalfi, Santo Stefano and Poggio all'Aglione, while the second room contains the findings recovered during excavations at Poggio Carlotta witnessing the different aspects of everyday life at Etruscan times.

On the first floor there are two more rooms. In the first one are exposed the findings found in Santo Stefano (dating back to the end of the IX century BC and the medieval period) and in the "Bellafonte" site at the "well of the furnace" (dating back to the end of the 7th and II century BC ) While in the second room you can admire some fragments of Roman flooring and the reconstruction of a part of the aqueduct of the Roman cistern located in the "muraccio" site.

For more information about the timetable and for visiting the Civic Museum you may refer to the Tourist Information Office located inside the Praetorian Palace.

Getting there

Urban Trekking in Montaione

Urban Trekking

Urban Trekking is a walk through the ancient streets of the village of Montaione. At a slow pace, following our itinerary, you will discover the historical places, the lesser known corners and the curiosities of an hamlet with more than a thousand years of history.

History of Montaione

The Castle of Montaione

Montaione still maintains its characteristic oval castle shape on top of a hill from which you can enjoy a beautiful view.

The Praetorian Palace

Located in Via Cresci in the historical center of Montaione, the Praetorian Palace is a prestigious three-story building dating back to 1257.

The art of glass-making

The tradition of glassmaking in Tuscany dates back to the medieval period. In the territory of Montaione, a document dating back to 1279, attests the presence of furnaces for the manufacture of glasses and glassware.

The "Balaena Montalionis"

These are the remains of a whale skeleton found near Castelfalfi