The Archeological Museum Of Chianti Senese
In the heart of Chianti and in the medieval center of Castellina, the museum tells the ancient history of Chianti through archaeological materials and data collected in the territory of the four municipalities of the Sienese side: Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Radda in Chianti and Castelnuovo Berardenga. The entrance to the museum, designed as an extension of the square from which you access, welcomes the visitor with projections that introduce to the collection and archaeological itineraries in the territory. The exhibition path is, therefore, marked in the fundamental periods for the formation of the Chianti landscape, such as documenting research and archaeological discoveries.
From the presence of the shepherds that 4000 years ago moved with the seasons in search of the pastures, we pass to the Chianti of the Etrusci Principas (late 7th century BC) who left in the imposing mound of Monte Calvario, right at the gates of Castellina, A prison testimony of their power. The subsequent period (IV-III century A.C.), characterized by the diffusion of strong inhabited on high positions (Cetamura, Poggio the Cross), therefore concludes the Etruscan history of Chianti. In each room of the museum the route is illustrated by multimedia projections (movies, photographs and on-screen animations) which describe the exposed artifacts and the different contexts of origin. Furthermore, the discovery at Poggio The Cross in Radda in Chianti of some combustions, coming from the probable rite of the village foundation, which attested the presence already 2,300 years ago of "Vitis Vinifera" in Chianti region.