The Archeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum of Colle Val d'Elsa, dedicated to the memory of the Sienese Sienese Studio Ranuccio Bandinelli, is located in the Palazzo Pretorio (or the Podestà) which, together with the Palazzo del Popolo and the Palazzo dei Priori, represents the symbol of political power of the Municipality of Colle in the Middle Ages.
The archaeological collection consists exclusively of finds from the territory, starting from the ENEOLITHIC to the Middle Ages, which testify to the early importance taken by Valdelsa thanks to its strategic position with respect to the ancient communication routes.
The 15 rooms that make up the route tell, in particular, the development of the Etruscan society in the Valdelsano territory in relation to the statement of the political power of neighbor and Florida Volterra: the largest number of finds in the area belongs to the archaic and hellenistic period, of The findings of the two great necropolises of Le Ville and Dometaia are testimony.
The Archaeological Museum of Colle also preserves the splendid kit coming from the tomb of the Noble Family of Calisna Sepu, located in the Necropolis of Casone (Monteriggioni) and used between IV and the century A.C. Within the tomb, 105 depositions were found; It is to be considered, by wealth but also for continuity of use, one of the most important finds of the northern Etruria referable to the Hellenistic Age. The kits included large black paint vessels of Volterran production, splendid bronze mirrors (one of which engraved the scene of Paris's judgment) and a wide range of canteen servants in use at the Etruscan aristocracy.