Named after the scholar Alvaro Tracchi from Valdarno, the new archaeological section inaugurated in April 2016, completes the paleontological tour by deepening the territorial anthropization.

The exhibition, which maintains the museum’s original showcase, and some multimedia equipment are located in two rooms, from which future generations can undertake, through the study of their past, their journey to the future.

The ceramic materials, the true ‘fossil guide’ of the section, accompany the visitor in the discovery of the most representative productions of Valdarno – from bucchero to terra sigillata – and places where objects have taken shape and have been used.

The new section, also, demonstrates how the secular tradition of the Academy as a focus of conservation and valorisation of the cultural heritage of the territory continues today.

The collections are nearly exclusively owned by the State and are granted as safekeeping by the Superintendence of Archaeology in Tuscany, and with their collaboration the exhibits have been set up.


The environment, lightly decorated by 17th  and 18th century paintings, displays the archaeological materials owned by the Accademia Valdarnese del Poggio (coins of Roman times and a funeral kelebe from the III-IV century B.C.) and a collection of Etruscan finds from the areas around Viterbo .

Jugs, plates, cups, goblets in ceramic painted in black, dating back to the III-I century B.C.,  and in terra sigillata (end of I century B.C.)can be seen. Important are also cosmetic items, such as scented perfume ampoules or bronze mirrors.


The room gives access to a selection of the archeological remains collected by Alvaro Tracchi after many years of researches on the territory, based on the history of the classic period and on proofs of archeological Etruscan and Roman remains. The results of his studies were published in many articles and in the posthumous volume “Dal Chianti al Valdarno”.

The themes of the exposition can be summarized in: ceramic production in upper Etruscan and Roman Valdarno, Alvaro Tracchi’s topographic finds from Chianti to Valdarno, the discovery of Cetamura, roman “ville” in Cavriglia and Le Pievi.

The display is completed by a touchscreen, which allows navigating in Tracchi’s sites.

The room shows artifacts, which also concern a conceptual work that the family of Alvaro made available to a great public, so that anyone interested in the history of Valdarno, might follow, meter by meter, the footsteps left by Alvaro.