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Archaeological Area of Montereggi

The archaeological area of Montereggi is located on the homonymous hill near Limite, where various excavation campaigns have highlighted an Etruscan settlement from the 5th to the 1st century B.C., probably linked to port structures due to the large amount of imported amphorae found. The port, located on the ancient Arno river route, allowed, due to its position on the slopes of Montalbano area, to continue by land towards Pistoia. Remains of buildings indicate areas intended for different functions: the slopes were reserved for homes, the esplanade on the top was a worship area. Archaeological essays on the south/south-west slope of the hill have identified parts of houses and abundant pottery for domestic use. On the top of the hill the excavations have revealed a large building consisting of two rectangular rooms of which the sandstone foundations of river pebbles are preserved. With the advent of the Romans in the 1st century B.C. the settlement was also abandoned due to poor defendability. Today the archaeological park on the Montereggi hill can be visited in agreement with the GAM (Montelupo Archaeological Group) and the material found - mainly pottery of various types, spinning tools, household containers, painted ceramics and metal objects - is exhibited at the Ceramics Museum of Montelupo Fiorentino.