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Ancient bronze statues unearthed near Siena to be big tourist draw

By Tuesday, 22 November 2022 10:37
Ancient bronze statues unearthed near Siena to be big tourist draw valdichiana Living Carlo Pellegrini

Archaeologists last week unearthed 24 perfectly preserved bronze statues along with over six thousand coins and many votive offerings dating back some 2,300 years in a small thermal town near Siena.

“The largest deposit of Etruscan and Roman statues in Italy” 

The discovery in San Casciano dei Bagni, a small hilltop town near Siena in Tuscany known for its thermal baths, is “the largest deposit of bronze statues of the Etruscan and Roman age ever discovered in Italy and one of the most significant in the whole Mediterranean.” 

A popular spa town with a Leading Hotel of the World

San Casciano, a popular wellness resort for its thermal springs which is an hour and a half by car from Florence’s international airport, is now gearing for an onslaught of international interest in the statues with predicted soaring numbers of requests for tours and stays in the town and in its surrounding area.  It has many attractive hotels and alternative forms of accommodation including the 5-star Fonteverde Lifestyle & Thermal Resort which is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World 

A new museum in the historic centre of San Casciano 

The statues, some of which are life-size and others a metre high, were found in muddy thermal waters and date back to the time of the area’s transition from Etruscan to Roman rule.  The exceptional finds will be the centerpiece in a new museum which will open in a 16th century palace in the historic centre of San Casciano "This is the conclusion of a dream we have had for over 15 years," says Agnese Carletti, mayor of the little Tuscan town.  

Valdichiana Living is already offering guided tours

First off the mark is Valdichiana Living, a local tour operator specialized in Strada del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the Flavours of the Valdichiana Senese tours, which is already offering guided tours to the ancient sanctuary where the statues were found and to some of the artefacts that are already on display in San Casciano’s Town Hall.

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