Etruscan tombs

Villa Marmini farmhouse is in the heart of the Portone necropolis, perhaps one of the most extensive burial areas in ancient Volterra. Funerary urns were common during the Hellenistic period, and also the Imperial age, of the Etruscans. More than 3/4 of those urns now on view at the Guarnacci Museum, came from the Portone necropolis.

The only two tombs that can now be visited, upon the agriturismo property, bear witness to this historical interst in which this property is dipped. As a matter of fact, only with us you can jump from nature and relax to history, covering centuries. We will guide you inside the tombs but we will also show you our fragments and reports that will lead you back to Etruscans.

Necropoli del portone

A chamber tomb consisting of an underground hypogeum, of quadrangular shape, approached by a very steep crridor (dromos) four side chambers open up along the perimeter of the central vestibule, two of which are along the bach wall. All along the walls of the vestibule and side chambers are benches for funeral containers and other objects. Although the exact time of the discovery is unclear, the tomb was likely excavated around 1880 (dating: hellenistic period end 4th-1st cent. B. C.)

A chamber tomb consisting of an underground circular hypogeum approached by a very steep corridor (dromos). The tomb is provided whith a bench for funeral containers (generally, urns and vases) and other objects. A big pillar in the middle of the chamber supports the vault, made from a block of yellow-grey local stone known as "panchino". Today's corridor was built in the 19th century from the original one and is placed obliquely as regards. Although the exact time of the discovery is unclear, the tomb was likely excavated around 1880 (dating: hellenistic period end 4th-1st cent. B. C.)

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