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The archeological Siena

The museum was established in 1933 by Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli with the name of the National Archaeological Museum Etruscan Siena. The original nucleus was formed by various public and private collections, collected between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and was bought by the state in 1941.

Etruscan and Roman in Siena

This is the beginning of the long itinerary that you will start entering the museum, organized into two sections. One is dedicated to the city and to the surroundings, the other to the private collections of the aristocracy of Siena. The first illustrates the salient aspects of the archeology of the Sienese territory, with particular regard to the attendance of the Etruscan and Roman area where now stands the city (the "topography").

The other, dedicated to private collections, illustrating the historical memory of the archaeological culture, as it were established in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century by aristocratic families of Siena, who carried out excavations in their possessions in order to beautify the villas to flaunt wealth and power (the "Antiquarium") Beautiful Attic vases, urns in alabaster, marble sarcophagi, funerary stelae, ancient coins, gold articles and everyday objects, telling the history of Siena and surroundings from the founds in the city (kits Hellenistic necropolis discovered in the mid nineteenth century during the construction of road Campansi), to the materials that document the presence of Etruscan appropriations from the end of the eighth century BC and especially in the Hellenistic period, as evidenced by the necropolis of Grotti, the tomb chamber Guistrigona and the necropolis of Montagnola, coinciding with the peak of Volterra, which seems to depend on the territory of Siena.

Antiquarium

The section devoted to the collections begins with the collection Bargagli Petrucci, made with materials from chance discoveries and excavations carried out in the possessions of the family in Sarteano and in Casole d'Elsa. The collection Bonci Casuccini instead collects materials from the surrounding area of Chiusi. The collection Mieli shows some of the materials recovered from the estates around Pienza, in areas affected by necropolis, settlements and votive deposits like those of the House Savio, from which a series of bronzes recovered in a stipe and probably linked to fertility cults and healthy.

It closes the museum collection Chigi Zondadari: is the most heterogeneous of all private collections, put together between Siena, Chiusi and Rome.

Tips and info

The Museum is opened every day. 10.30 am until 17,30 pm (spring-summer); 10.30 am until 15.30 pm (autumn – winter) Tickets 6 euros, full 3,50 reduced Free: under 11, handicap

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