The Paleontological Museum

in Montevarchi


The Paleontological Museum in Montevarchi is part of the heritage of the Accademia Valdarnese Del Poggio and is situated in the spaces of the old Franciscan cloister of San Ludovico.


The Museum collects about 3000 findings, coming nearly exclusively from the Upper Valdarno and are aged between the upper and lower Pliocene.

Relevant from the collection are the plant fossils, like the walnuts Junglans tephrodes and the leaves of Platanus aceroides, and a rich collection of animal fossils. Important is the Elephas meridionalis (a Proboscidea of majestic dimensions that could surpass the 4 meters at the withers and reach the 200 quintals in weight), the skull of a Machairodus meganteron, the so-called “saber-toothed tiger”, named after the dimension of its upper canines.