The Museum intends to recover and promote the cultural, artistic and architectural heritage of the area. Special attention has been given to local history, to the collections acquired and to the donations received. The museum is the first element of a future exhibition network including the San Matteo Tower, the Church of Santa Marta, the Marti Documentation Centre and the Museum of the Shrine of San Romano.
The setup in the Palazzo Guicciardini consists of five exhibition rooms on the ground floor, two large spaces in the basement, and a reception area providing services to the public. Rooms on the ground floor have already been partly set up with an archaeological section, an exhibition of finds from the fortress, and a section dedicated to the history of production activities.
The first section contains the Majnoni Collection, formed by miscellaneous exhibits of Etruscan, Roman, Lombard and medieval origin, the Baldovinetti Collection, chiefly consisting of Etruscan terracotta items, and the Falchi Collection, comprising items from the archaeologist’s personal collection as well as documents relating to his professional life.
Worthy of mention are a bell-shaped Attic crater decorated with red figures dating from 380-370 BC, a black-paint Kylix from the late 2nd century BC, an Etruscan-Corinthian alabaster datable from the late 7th to the early 6th century BC, various small bronzes, fibulae and a piece of linen from a length of cloth that, according to Falchi, preserved the burnt bones of a Vetulonian ruler of the 6th century BC.
Rooms 3 and 4 are dedicated to the Castle Fortress of Montopoli. The double room preserves decorations from the vault and walls. On the right side are two cabinets containing finds and documents on the excavations; on the left side are two painted Madonnas and a cabinet containing liturgical objects. The large rectangular room dedicated to the old Milani Production will house the most significant collections of terracotta plates and vases.
An exhibition will concern ceramic making, with examples of semifinished products and explanatory panels.
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