AT POGGIO COLLA
The Etruscan site at Poggio Colla was first vaguely mentioned during the
last century. The site was only excavated from 1968 to 1972 by the "Soprintendenza
Archeologica per la Toscana". As from 1995 the site was excavated
and studiens were carried out by an équipe from the American Universities.
They found remains from two periods: the first archaic with monumental
architecture, probably a sacred building, the second, hellenistic, comprises
of a surrounding wall, warehouses and other rooms of a building not yet
After the destructions of this building Poggio Colla was completely abbandoned.
The material discovered, mainly fragmented pieces of ceramic shows us especially
the archaic period a great variety of decoration and shapes which indicates
the wealth and the importance of the site.The typical etruscan bucchero
was found in great quantities of a vast typology which in many cases were
exactly the same as those excavated in a Florentine zone (Comeana, Artimino,
Quinto Fiorentino), as well as in the Mugello sites. There are numerous
imported ceramic fragments also from Grece. The whole vast area around
Poggio Colla shows notable signs of the Etruscan period.
At the present moment the excavated material is being restored and analysed
awaiting exibition in the local museum.
An annual excavation update is pubblished and copies can be obtained from
the Town Hall of Vicchio or from the Archeological Group.
At the present moment as the archeological zone is backfilled annually
the site can only be visited normally during the excavation period of June
and July. In particular during the July period, the Town Hall, the Archeological
Group and the American Universities organize visit and conference.
For information: Archeological Group of Vicchio (mr.Santoni)
During the excavation period daily news bulletins can be
found on Internet: