SP 127 Pantano - via Cava del Gradone
The outdoor museum was conceived to have a strong educational value and with the will to combat the deterioration and looting of Etruscan funerary monuments at the hands of illegal excavations, by way of enhancement of the natural and historical heritage. The new archaeological site allows visitors to immerse themselves in the history of the places. Walking within the “City of the Living", you can reconstruct the various phases of urbanization, from the articulated proto-historic village of the end of the Bronze Age, represented by an almost full-scale didactic model of a circular hut dwelling, to the Etruscan town, represented by a three-room house with porch, which allows visitors, with virtual views, to glimpse inside. A “Via Cava”, or excavated road, leads down to the “City of the Dead”, where you can visit the Etruscan necropolis of Gradone, with one, two and three room tombs, in use from the second half of the seventh century until nearly the end of the sixth century BC. Here you can visit the “demonstration” tomb which has been prepared for the burial of Velthur and Larthia, thus reviving the sacredness and emotions of an Etruscan funeral ceremony. A further descent leads to the necropolis of San Giovanni with tombs from the sixth to the beginning of the third century BC. Inside the bi-pillared monumental tomb there are display panels with pictures of the costumed theatrical performances that take place there in summer. An example of the pottery found there is exhibited at the local archaeological museum. Guided tours are available.
From the second half of the month.
Days: 18-19, 25-26: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Full ticket € 4.00; reduced ticket € 2,00; combined ticket for both Archaeological Museums € 6.00; reduced combined ticket for both Archaeological Museums € 3.00.
Info and reservations: 389.5933592 0564.614067
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