The site of Pietramarina is located on top of the southern offshoot of Montalbano, 585 meters above sea level, in one of the most fascinating places of Montalbano.
The elevated and strategic position, on the western border of the territory of Artimino, allowed to control a vast territory and constituted a reference for those using the paths of the plains or came from the Apennine passes.
Reconstruction of Pietramarina
Facing Artimino, Fiesole and Volterra, it allowed communications thanks to these great visual triangulation between their centers, and the rear area of the Middle Valdarno with the Livorno coast, visible today (in optimum atmospheric conditions). We also assume that Pietramarina was inserted into a communications system on a larger scale, which was to cross the Apennines.
Probably because of this strategic location, the site – which fortified the sanctuary area – has been occupied for a long period of time, which at present at least the seventh century BC periosd is documented.
The systematic research in the area were undertaken by the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Tuscany in the years 1991-1996, and since 1999 they have been taken over by the city of Carmignano, under a grant, and are still ongoing.
The top of the hill is enclosed by a wall that has an approximately linear growth calculated about 360 meters, now partially visible on the west and south sides. It’s 2,90 meters wide, it has an external an inner polygonal surface with a small unit inside and, at various points of the section investigated, it keeps for about 2 meters in height. Its construction is placed in a post-archaic timespan.