Inaugurated in 2000 and dedicated to Isidoro Falchi, the doctor and archaeologist who in the nineteenth century led the first archaeological campaign to discover the ancient Vetulonia, the City Archaeological Museum “Isidoro Falchi” features beautiful Etruscan artifacts from the territory in its seven rooms on two floors, which are accessible to the blind and physically disabled.
The visitor can reconstruct the history of old Vatluna from its origins (9th century B.C.) to the time of the Roman conquest (III-I century B.C.) using an easy and simple itinerary.
The findings from the necropolis of Poggio alla Guardia and Poggio Belvedere dating back to the Villanovan age (IX-VIII century B.C.) are extremely interesting, as well as the funerary
furnishings, but also precious metals, weapons, glass, bronzes. These objects are evidence
of the early establishment of an aristocracy related to the development of metallurgical
activities in the territory.
The grave furnishings of the “circle tombs” (consisting of one or more pits inside) of the
Leoncini d’Argento and the Fibula d’Oro, rich in precious silver and gold objects, date back to
the Orientalizing period (end of the VIII-VII century B.C.), which was the peak stage in the
history of the site. The famous stone stele of the warrior Auvile Feluske dates back to the
Also noteworthy are the grave trousseau at the Circolo delle Pellicce and the ruins of the
monumental tomb of Diavolino II.
A Hellenistic alphabet engraved on a stone slab from the Dupiane Necropolis, but also the
grave furnishings from the necropolis of Val Berretta, the findings from the Poggio Pelliccia
mound, with precious Greek ceramic imports, and the magnificent Hellenistic tombs “alla
Cappuccina” are to be admired.
A museum for everyone!
Besides the presence of the precious collections, the museum stands out because it is
accessible to everyone, including the physically and visually impaired, offering complete
equipment ranging from ramps to footpaths, platforms for orientation in space and tactile
maps, recorded information tapes and audio guides.
A museum for children!
Many interesting educational activities and workshops are organized by the Museum for
schools and families with the purpose of educating children about art and culture through funand games.
CITY ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM – OPENING HOURS
FROM NOVEMBER TO JANUARY 15TH AND DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday, open on Mondays during public holidays, closed on 25th, 26th December and 1st January.
FROM JANUARY 16TH TO THE END OF FEBRUARY
10 a.m. – 4 p.m from Thursday to Sunday
APRIL – MAY – FROM SEPTEMBER 16TH TO 30TH AND DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
10 a.m. – 6 p.m from Tuesday to Sunday, open on Mondays during public holidays
JUNE – JULY – AUGUST – FROM SEPTEMBER 1ST TO 15T10 a.m. – 2 p.m and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday, open on Mondays during public holidays.