Archeological Nights 2011
Running from July 2 to 31
The annual Tuscan festival Archaeological Nights 2011 is back for the eleventh consecutive year from 2nd to 31st July. Over 240 events are planned to celebrate and discover the region's past in over 100 museums, parks and archaeological sites.
As part of Archaeological Nights, the region's museums and archaeological sites will be open late and there will be guided tours of museum collections. Tours of new archaeological sites will be organised, as well as presentations of the latest archaeological research, conferences chaired by experts, exhibitions and a series of workshops for children and teenagers organised by local museums.
The list of places taking part in Archaeological Nights includes: Villa Medicea in Cerreto Guidi; the Home of Ivan Bruscho Museum in Arezzo; the Etruscan ingots from the Padule di Fucecchio; the Archaeological Museum in Colle Val d'Elsa, the waterways in Santa Maria della Scala near Siena; the Quadriga Infernale tomb and the sacred site of the Pianacce in Sarteano, the Museum of Palaeontology in Badia Settimo near Scandicci where visitors can find out about the ancient abysses of the Pliocene sea in Tuscany; the Civic Museum of Water at Chianciano Terme; and the Populonia Archaeological Museum in Piombino and many, many other museums all over the region.
The theme of this year's festival is 'The Water of the Ancients'. This theme will be expanded at a convention organised by the Tuscan Archaeological Museums Association (AMAT) on 22nd July at Chianciano Terme and will also be discussed at a series of other events and conferences thoughout the festival.
Visitors can discover the archaeological sites taking part in Archeaological Nights by going on one of the guided tours or hikes. This is the ideal way to find out more about sites like the springs and cisterns in San Gimignano; the old mills, Etruscan necropolis and Roman baths in Sarteano; the land reclamation trail and the fossils found at Cortona, along the Via Francigena in Valdelsa and many other archaeological sites around Chianciano Terme.
Archaeological Nights also features a series of plays and musicals staged in some of the region's most beautiful locations. The theatrical review Archeologia Narrante, created by the Florence National Archaeological Museum and the Tuscany Performance Foundation, will be touring ancient towns, villages and archaeological sites with performances taken from classical literature. The calendar of performances includes: 'Antigone... una lettura in concerto' on 12th July in Orbitello and 16th July in Pisa, 'Incanti di Ulisse. Percorsi amorosi di un guerriero' on 14th July in Rapolano Terme, 'La fuga di Enea' on 19th July in Cortona, 'Vox Feminae. Sibilla, Diotima, Alcesti, Pentesilea' on 21st and 22nd July in Florence and 'Troiane' on 23rd July in Piombino. All performances begin at 9.15pm and are all free. There is disabled access at all sites except the Baratti and Populonia Archaeological Park.
To find out more about all of the events and initiatives being organised at the region's many museums and archaeological parks, go online and download the brochure which has a full list of events for the Archaeological Nights festival. Alternatively, go to the Tuscan Regional Council website or call the freephone number 800860070.
For more information:
Massimo De Benetti
Museum and EcoMuseum Department of the Tuscan Regional Council
Tel. +39 055 4382612