An Educational Walk Through Etruscan Life in Fiesole

There will be a special cycle of free, guided tours that highlight the presence of the Etruscans in Fiesole on the Saturday, September 23 (10 am & 3 pm) and Sunday, September 24 (10 am & 3 pm) of September 2017, as part of the events celebrating Etruscan Day 2017, and to bring awareness to the culture of this ancient civilization. The Giovanni Michelucci Foundation, the town of Fiesole, and the magazine ANANKE have all helped to organize this initiative where the focus will be on the Etruscans and their life in Fiesole.

“From Winckelmann to Michelucci. Etruscans to Fiesole” promises to be an exciting event where the cultural heritage and identity of the Etruscans will be explored through several locations with the help of archaeological experts. From the teachings of archaeologist Johann Joachim Winckelmann and other art historians, to the lessons of famed architect Giovanni Michelucci, their knowledge will be worked into the itinerary of the walk to allow for a deeper sense of understanding.

The walk along the ancient route starts at the villa Il Roseto, which was the home of Michelucci, and where visitors will find the opportunity to appreciate his idea of humanistic archaeology through excerpts of his teachings. In this area, there is the Lombard necropolis, which is an ancient treasured burial ground of the Lombard society where remnants of graves still exist and reveal social traditions.

On the way down, there is a panoramic view over the picturesque Florentine area where visitors can feel as though they have traveled back to centuries ago when the Etruscans stood in the same spot and viewed a similar scene. This rich archaeological area is filled with other sites, like the remains of a Roman theater, Roman thermal baths, and a Roman temple that that was constructed on the site of an old Etruscan sacred space.

Even though there is little information about the life of the Etruscans, evidence from their structures, like the carved polychrome shingles and remnants of the temple roof, can provide knowledge of the art and daily life.  More archaeological finds, such as artifacts from the necropolis can be found in the Archaeological Museum of Fiesole, where the descriptions by discoverers bring the exhibits to life and provide information that resonates with the audience.

Once the walk around the archaeological area is complete, the path ends in the complex of Sant’Ansano where Angelo Maria Bandini spent time to develop his collection of paintings and archaeological finds, which are now exhibited in the Fiesole museum. Bandini was a linguist, classicist, historian, and enthusiast of Fiesole, which provides the reason for his great love of collecting ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance art. The entire itinerary should take about three hours, and maps are available in electronic or paper format. There are four rounds of visits — 10 am and 3 pm on both days — with a maximum of 20 people per group and admission is free, but a reservation is necessary. To reserve your spot, please email amici@michelucci.it.  (shannon duggan)