Archeological Nights are back in July, a highly-anticipated event open to enthusiasts and curious visitors: special evening and night openings, dedicated events in museums, archeological areas and parks in Tuscany, archeology conferences, urban trekking, guided tours and educational workshops for children.
Archeological Nights is a must for all those looking to discover Tuscany’s immense archeological heritage. The rich program is aimed at all ages and the hours vary in order to suit a wide range of needs. Some events are dedicated to visitors with limited mobility.
Some of the highlights include:
“Contemplum at sundown. Archeology and well-being at the park” at the Sodo Archeological Park in Cortona everyday Friday from July 5 to 26. Reservations are mandatory.
In San Casciano Val di Pesa, at the Giuliano Ghelli Museum, on July 12, Etruscan and Roman artefacts will be presented, followed by a performance of Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus in the amphitheatre. In Sesto Fiorentino, on July 9 and 16, the Etruscan tomb of Montagnola will be open during the vening for guided tours.
The “Isidoro Falchi” Archeological Museum in Vetulonia will be open all month for guided tours and themed talks, while in Magma di Follonica, on July 28, children will be able to participate in a workshop to create a ceramic candle holder using ancient techniques.
The Linguella Archeological Museum in Portoferraio will host archeology-related workshops for children the last week of July, while the nearby Villa Romana delle Grotte is organizing a conference on July 26 titled “The Evolution of the Rada di Portoferraio Landscape Over the Centuries”.
The Archeological Museum in Camaiore, near Lucca, is hosting a traveling exhibition in various parts of the city on July 6, where visitors can discover historic and artistic info about key monuments, while children can participate in workshops about medieval technology and everyday life in the Middle Ages. In Pietrasanta the same day, Simonetta Menchelli from the University of Pisa is hosting a conference about ancient trade routes in the northern Tyrrhenian Sea.
The Archeological Museum in Peccioli, near Pisa, will organize guided visits to the Santa Mustiola archeological area on July 12, introducing visitors to a 1st-century BCE Roman cistern, the traces of a Lombard settlement, the ruins of a medieval church, where artefacts were discovered that are today conserved in the archeological museum. The Guarnacci Etruscan Museum in Volterra will host a guided tour with the director on July 20.
In Pescia, the "Libero Andreotti" Gipsoteca is organizing a conference on July 19 titled “Masterpieces of Art and Technique: the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”. In neighbourhing Carmignano, at the "Francesco Nicosia" Archeological Museum, the events start on July 6, with a tour of the artefacts in the museum in Artimino that best represent the symbolism tied to the heaves and Etruscan religion. Later that evening, the Associazione Quasar will show visitors who to observe the stars in the park behind the 'La Ferdinanda' Medici Villa.