Archaeological Museum
Montelupo Fiorentino

The history of the settlement of this territory from Antiquity to the Renaissance, illustrated through more than 2,000 objects displayed in the spaces of the old ecclesiastical complex of Saints Quirico and Lucia.

Montelupo Fiorentino, Archaeological Museum

The museum

The Archaeological Museum of Montelupo Fiorentino is set in the green Park of Villa Medicea dell’Ambrogiana, in the spaces of the old ecclesiastical complex of Saints Quirico and Lucia, built atop the structures of a 7th-8th-century A.D. Christian building the vestiges of which can still be seen.

The more than 2,000 objects on display take visitors through the history of the settlement of this territory between the mid- Valdarno Fiorentino, the lower Val di Pesa and the southern part of Montalbano, from antiquity to the Renaissance.

The visit begins in the prehistoric period, with an extensive collection of lithic objects testifying to the earliest human settlements, continues with the Etruscan section, with finds from the village of Montereggi, and moves on to the Roman section featuring materials found in excavations at Villa del Vergigno in Montelupo and Villa dell’Oratorio in Limite sull’Arno. The visit concludes with pottery and everyday objects from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance found in excavations of the Wash-house well and the Tridente well, identified as kiln scrap dump.

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Architectural plaque

One of the most significant items in the museum is this refined plaque, found at the bottom of the cistern of a house located near the top of the Montereggi hill; it was most likely an architectural decoration from a religious building. The female figure, framed by acanthus leaves, is depicted with a veil over her head and wears earrings and a necklace. The iconography suggests matronal divinities of the Roman pantheon, like Demeter, protectress of crops and agriculture, or Juno, goddess of fertility, the counterpart of the Etruscan Uni.

Stylistically, the work recalls 3rd-century B.C. models from the art of Magna Grecia (particularly from the area of Taranto).



The Roman Villa of Vergigno (1st century B.C.-5th century A.D.) fits within the category of country villas, with a residential part where the owner lived, a sector to lodge workers on the property, and spaces for the production, processing and storage of produce and crops to be traded or sold.

Among the finds, which included coins, glass, and ceramic and metal objects, was a notable group of “Lamboglia 2”-type amphoras with evident production defects like deformations and fractures that occurred during the firing process. The Lamboglia 2 amphoras, dating between the end of the 2nd century B.C. and the end of the 1st century A.D. is associated with the transport of both oil and wine, allow us to establish the age of one phase of the villa, and also to attribute a function to the structure in which they were found.


Bronze basin

Found at the beginning of the 1970s in Fibbiana, a hamlet of Montelupo Fiorentino, in a drainage system on a bend in the Arno River, this is a rare example of a Northern European commemorative bronze basin. It is the only known embossed basin of this type with a central figure of Charlemagne, as indicated by the inscription “Karolus imperator” engraved around the central medallion.
The context in which this class of objects was used has not been defined; it may have been linked to ritual practices such as religious ceremonies like ablutions or purifications, or used as containers for blessings. Comparison with similar objects suggests dating to the first decades of the 12th century.

The land

The Montelupo area has been inhabited since prehistoric times, with successive Etruscan and Roman settlements. From the Renaissance to today, it has been a renowned locus of ceramics production.

Montelupo Fiorentino is just outside Florence, in a verdant area at the junction of the Pesa creek and the Arno River. Numerous finds now displayed at the Archeological Museum attest that the territory was inhabited beginning in the prehistoric age, with successive Etruscan and Roman settlements. Since the Renaissance, it has been a renowned center for ceramics production, where tradition and modernity come together in high-quality products with unique designs.

Numerous ceramics workshops are still open today, carrying on the town’s history of craftsmanship with skill and entrepreneurial spirit; one of the aims of the Museum of Ceramics is to preserve and enhance the memory of this know-how.

Montelupo also boasts the imposing Villa Medicea dell’Ambrogiana, standing on the left bank of the Arno, the river linking Florence with Livorno. Set in a large park, the Villa was once a Medici hunting lodge, and the favorite residence of Cosimo III.

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Archaeological Museum
(Museo Archeologico)

Via Santa Lucia, 33
50056 – Montelupo Fiorentino (Firenze)
tel. +39 0571 541547
whatsapp: 339 4666461



Opening hours

summer season
(from April 1 to October 31)

2 pm – 6 pm

9 am – 1 pm

winter season

(from November 1 to March 31)

Friday and Saturday
9 am – 1 pm

On other days the museum is open by previous booking

Closed December 25 and 26, January 1, May 1 and August 15


Individual ticket

Regular: 5,00 €
Reduced type A: 4,00 €
Reduced type B: 3,00 €
Reduced type C: 1,00 €


Type A reductions for:

  • adults over 65
  • groups of 15 to 35 people

Type B reductions for:

  • groups of at least 35 with guide or tour leader
  • university students with proof of student status

Type C reductions for:

  • participants in sporting events in the Montelupo Fiorentino area and their chaperones
  • guests of accommodations affiliated with the Strada della Ceramica di Montelupo

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