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Peccioli and its Archaeological Museum

In 1 on February 5, 2010 by lamiatoscanablog Tagged: , , , , , ,

The museum houses the finds, that were discovered during excavations in the Etruscan town of Ortaglia, only a few miles from Peccioli. During construction works an Etruscan well and parts of a building dating from the Hellenistic age were found in Ortaglia. Due to their size, the remains of the building let assume, that they were  part of a temple or sanctuary. In addition, a large number of votive offerings were found. Many of these, as the weights of looms and bobbins give reason to believe, that the sanctuary was dedicated to a goddess. Highlight of the archaeological excavation is an attic red-figured kylix *, which is doubtlessly attributed to the famous Greek painter Macron, who worked in Athens around 490-480 BC.

(* kylix is a cup with two handles on a high base with varied decorations. It was used to collect the offerings to a deity.)

The quaint medieval town Peccioli can be reached via the road, that leads from Ponsacco to Volterra. The historic part is located on a soft hill with vineyards. Around Peccioli there are plenty of arable land and mixed forests. In the historic center of the town, you will find the ruins of the fortress of Castruccio Castracane, which was disputed hard during the Middle Ages, and finally destroyed by Pisa. On the main square stands the residence of the provost, which was rebuilt in the 19th Century. The Pisan-Romanesque façade dates from the twelfth century. In the adjoining chapel, a carved ceiling from the seventeenth century, with paintings by Jacopo Vignali and Neri di Bicci can be admired. Leaving the village, you will find the little church “Carmine” (1650), while outside, in the village Legoli, a chapel painted with frescoes from the fifteenth century is the evidence , that the famous fresco painter Benozzo Gozzoli was passing through.

Peccioli is also known for its wine production and its picturesque landscape. The enjoyment of traditional dishes such as olive oil, feta cheese and Tuscan premium wines will make your stay unforgettable. A holiday on a wine farm is here particularly eventful. You can participate in the traditional ways of life on the farm and also help with the vintage.

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One Response to “Peccioli and its Archaeological Museum”

  1. […] small villages Capannoli, Chianni, Lajatico, Palaia, Peccioli and Terricciola satisfy with their still lively medieval traditions and cultural peculiarities even […]

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