Montaione - Civic Museum
Via Cresci 17/19, Montaione
tel. +39 0571 699255/699267
April – October: Monday 4:30 – 7:30; from Tuesday to Saturday 3 – 7 p.m.; Sunday and on holidays 10 – 1 a.m.
From May 16 to September 15: opened also on Sunday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Closed in winter
Civic museum, from the Latin term civicus, of the city, of the citizen. This small museum is a treasure chest. When arriving, the façade of the building that hosts it reminds us of the noble families who exercised power here, with the office of governor. We just need to name Michele di Giovanni De' Medici.
Montaione, which is now a very active tourist destination, in its coat of arms shows a prancing deer that comes from the millenary oak and truffle forests that surround this place. This has always been a healthy area, and it was the holiday itinerary of the Prince of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo.
Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger in his burlesque comedy L’Ajone intertwines the beauty of this place with the soul of the people who live here, who can find a funny nickname for anything and anyone. An example? ‘Muraccio’ is the name of some remains outside the village that, once explored, revealed the traces of a Roman aqueduct which is completely visible today.
Here we can find some palentological and archaeological remains: outstanding among them are the remains of a whale from four million years ago, and the Etruscan stele of "the warrior" of the VIth century b. C. One section records the remarkable Etruscan presence in more sites of the Municipality; it contains funerary and daily objects. Other remains come from an Etruscan-Hellenistic furnace, and the polychrome mosaics and the terracotta fistulas from the Sant’Antonio area. On the second floor, we can find an interesting aspect, especially for didactic purposes: the juxtaposition of a completed archaeological excavation and another excavation which is currently under study.
With a simple visit, we will be able to find here the spirit of Montaione, of its inhabitants, of its story, and of its incomparable territory.