Location: Artimino, near the Villa Medici. The necropolis is reached throught a paved road in the direction of Poggio alla Malva taking the first path that branches off to the left after the tennis courts of the Villa Medici.
Travel time on foot: 15 minutes. Easy route.
Timetable: the tumulus are visible from the outside.
Free tour every first Saturday of the month if weather allows (August excluded) meeting at 9,30 at the Montefortini tumulus in Comeana where the tour starts (if needed, everyone will use his own car). Expected opening of Tumulus B. No reservations required.
By the “Gruppo Archeologico Carmignanese”.
Possible educational visits: information and reservations at the Archaeological Museum of Artimino – tel. 055 8718124
Etruscan Necropolis (late VIII – VI century BC) characterized by the presence of burial tumulus. Proceeding from the town of Prato Rosello towards Artimino, after having traveled a long path that allows a pleasant immersion in the flora and fauna (deer and pheasants live into the site) and offering the opportunity to observe the remains of structures not yet all defined, but correlated to the use of territory in ancient times, you come to a large and lush meadow, then a path just scored in the rock where it begins its descent to the cemetery.
From the top there is an extraordinary vision of this side of the hill, which slopes significantly towards the Arno River that was to appear, from the earliest phases of Etruscan history, dotted with tumulus, some of which are still very evident for the characteristic hemispherical conformation of the external profile.
Many graves were identified – many of them already ravaged and eroded over the centuries. Some archaeological sites are under investigation with a very interesting outcome: the most sensational examples, concerning the findings, are the “Tomba a pozzo di un Guerriero” (late eighth or early seventh century BC) found intact inside the Tumulus B and C, a rectangular monolithic chamber tomb walls, preceded by a small vestibule and a staircase beautifully preserved, that returned the “bucchero” censer (dating back tot the last two decades the seventh century BC).
Other monuments are visible, such as the rectangular chamber tomb in the Tumulus B, with a long entrance corridor and front paved area, or the the Mound A, with a chamber tomb with a rectangular entrance corridor, and the Tumulus X, with a tomb chamber quadrangular, with walls made of interlocking elements united monolithic floor slabs and irregular.