Una Famiglia, Due Tenute
From July 23, 2016 to January 31, 2017, the Tenuta Marsiliana is hosting an exhibit of high caliber in honor of its founder, Tommaso Corsini.
“Tommaso Corsini, archaeologist in Maremma” is part of the important archaeological exhibit “Marsiliana d’Albegna. From the Etruscans to Tommaso Corsini” held at four prestigious locations: the Museum of Archaeology and Art of Maremma in Grosseto, the Museum of Prehistory and Protohistory of the Fiora Valley in Manciano, the Oil Mill of Dispensa in Marsiliana d’Albegna, and the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Vines and Wine in Scansano.
The project was started as a way to present the important results of over a dozen years of research at the important Etruscan center in Marsiliana d’Albegna to the public. It is conducted by the Department of Historical Sciences and Cultural Heritage of the University of Siena with the collaboration of the Superintendence of Archaeology in Tuscany.
The Oil Mill of Dispensa in Marsiliana d’Albegna displays the part dedicated to the multitalented historical figure of Tommaso Corsini, an outstanding person in the history of post-Unified Italy as well as an innovator of the agricultural estate. Tommaso Corsini was a dilettante archaeologist guided by extraordinary intuition and passion. He is owed the fundamental discoveries in the zone of Marsiliana d’Albegna, such as the Etruscan necropolis of Banditella with over one hundred different forms of tombs, and the first excavations of the necropolis Piani di Perazzeta and that of Macchiabuia.
Wine lovers and wine tourists are invited to view the exhibit during all days of the week except for Thursday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (reservations required), during which they may also visit the wine-aging cellars at Principe Corsini and conclude their tour with a wine tasting.
THE EXHIBIT – “Marsiliana d’Albegna. From the Etruscans to Tommaso Corsini”
The exhibit presents the results of in-depth archaeological studies carried out in Marsilisana d’Albegna from 2002 until today. The project involves several locations (Grosseto, Manciano, Marsiliana d’Albegna, and Scansano) with themed exhibits that are each autonomous, but ideally complementary.
In particular, at Marsiliana the exhibit “Tommaso Corsini, archaeologist in Maremma” presents the results of the research conducted by several graduates of the University of Siena on the Corsini Archives located in San Cascinao in Val di Pesa. Their work recovered a large number of documents and a vast repertoire of photographs about the activities of Tommaso Corsini, the history of Tenuta Marsiliana, and of Maremma in general. Special attention is given to the relationship between the Corsini prince and several members of the powerful Macchiaioli, including Giovanni Fattori, who were guests at the estate several times.
In addition, there is an itinerary at the Dispensa of Marsiliana, with particular reference given to the numerous times stone from an ancient Roman villa, Banditella, was reused in the gardens and structures of the complex, as well as at the House of Amphorae at Poggio Alto.