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Etruscan documentation centre of Rocca di Frassinello - Gavorrano - Le colline metallifere


Loc. Giuncarico - Cantina Rocca di Frassinello


A desire to explore the link between modern viticulture and the Etruscan civilization gave way to The Etruscans and wine at Rocca di Frassinello, an interactive exhibit inside the namesake cellar designed by Renzo Piano.

Conceived by the architect Italo Rota, creator of the Wine Pavilion at Expo and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the show explores the ancient culture that flourished in these lands 3,000 years ago, displaying the intriguing objects found in the Necropolis of San Germano nearby, one of the most important archaeological sites in the ancient city of Vetulonia.

The necropolis has been rediscovered within the property thanks to a project managed by the Archaeological Superintendence of Tuscany in collaboration with the Etruscan department of the University of Florence and Paolo Panerai, President of Rocca di Frassinello, who has established the cellar as a mecca of art and culture.

At Rocca di Frassinello guests are treated to a fascinating journey through time, starting from a tour into the futuristic architecture of Renzo Piano’s cellar, famous for its impressive barrel room excavated into the rocky terrain reaching a depth of 50 meters, where over 2,000 barrels rest in gentle darkness. The journey continues with a visit at The Etruscans and Wine at Rocca di Frassinello exhibition: an immersion of sounds, costumes and rich discovery of the Etruscan world.

​During the visit It is possible to taste wine in the traditional way of the ancient Etruscans, namely mixed with different spices and cheese. The tour ends with a tasting of Rocca di Frassinello award-winning wines. For those who want to learn more about the Etruscan, a short walk leads to the Necropolis of San Germano, where eight monumental tombs, built between the second half of the 7th century BC and the first half of the 6th century BC, were recovered and restored and are part of a self-guided QR code tour, freely accessible to the public. The tombs have turned over objects like finely painted ceramic vases (Etruscan-Corinthian), vessels for buckwheat and syrups, and goblets and glasses for wine consumption, all of which is on display at Rocca di Frassinello’s exhibition.



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All year-round, with the exception of January 1 and December 25.

Opening hours:

Spring / Summer from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Autumn / Winter from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Etruscans and wine at Rocca di Frassinello exhibit is accessible by booking a guided tour of the winery with wine tasting. Several options are available: classic, superior and vertical tasting tours.

For reservations please contact: +39.0566.88400, e-mail:  The

​Necropolis of San Germano within the property, is freely accessible.


Info and reservations: 0566.88400 
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