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Tuscany – Etruscan Archaeological Dig in Dicomano

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Excavation is focused on Poggio Colla a settlement and sanctuary spanning the 7th to the 2nd century BC when the site was destroyed by the Romans. Countless ceramics, bronzes gold jewelry and bronze and silver coins have been discovered and are to be installed in the new museum in Dicomano.

Under the guidance of professionals, these ongoing excavations have revealed the foundations of the Romanesque church of San Martino al Poggio and a huge square basement which had probably been a defensive structure to control the road from Casentino. An interesting findint is a well-preserved tomb stone in the Fiesole style dating from the 4th century BC.

Before reaching Frascole one finds the church of San Jacopo a Frascole and the Villa il Poggio which became a parish in 1719. It preserves a beautiful bell-tower and the adjoining oratory, consecrated to the Vergine della Purito (the Virgin of Purity) is worth a visit.

The excavation is open to the public on Sundays and holidays from Easter Monday until the third Sunday in October: 10 AM-12 PM; 3-6 PM. In July and August 10 AM-12PM; 4-7 PM. During other periods tours can be arranged by appointment.

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