There are four fabulous museums in Chianciano to visit that range from modern and sacred art to archeology. The Biennale is a celebration of contemporary art and so will be shown in the Chianciano Art Museum as well as the arg galleries in the medieval centre of Town.
Chianciano Art Museum
The Museum of Art of Chianciano hosts a series of collections ranging from Neolithic and Asiatic to Contemporary art. There are approximately a thousand works on display - a must see!
Viale della Libertà, 280, 53042 Chianciano Terme SI, Italy
Archaeological and Etruscan Museum
This museum has a unique collection of Etruscan findings, coming from the surroundings of Chianciano Terme where several necropolis have been founded. In addition the museum’s setting is very peculiar and friendly, organized in thematic sections supported by realistic reconstructions.
The Museum is one of the finest Etruscan museums in Italy and each sections preserves incredible artworks, such as the magnificent tomb of an Etruscan Prince dating back to 7th century b.C. counting several bronze manufacts.
Viale Dante, 53042 Chianciano Terme SI, Italy
Chianciano Wine Museum
The Wine Museum houses a collection of around 1,000 bottles of wine from every corner of the world. A journey that starts from the heart of Tuscany to reach distant lands, through guided tours to discover the best wines of the world. From the Super Tuscan, of course, to the Spanish wines of Rioja and Navarra, to the great Chilean vines originally planted by the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century. From the Bordeaux wines of the Rothschild family to the great Italian Baroli in a selection that touches the Americas, Oceania and the Far East.
A fabulous wine cellar with bottles of Brunello from 1970 and Sassicaia, bottles from Chateau Margaux, Barolo, Chateauneuf du Pape and many other labels to discover and taste in combination with Tuscan specialties from the area.
The Museum of Collegiata is situated in the eighteenth-century Palace of Arcipretura, founded in 1923 at the express request of the District of Chianciano and the Parish Church of Saint John Baptist. Initially destined as a warehouse, today it is a sacred art gallery, which exhibits XIII-XIX century oeuvres. The Museum of Collegiata’s artworks are the property of both of the District of Chianciano and the Parish Church, following the policy of confiscation executed in the second half of the Eighteenth Century by Leopold II, then-Grand Duke of Tucany, and resemued after 1871 with the law of Papal Guarentee.
The Museum hosts above all a series of artifacts donated by the District, coming from the confiscated goods of the ex Monastery of Saint Michael Archangel; the monastery was inhabited by the Poor Clares in 1500 and became property of the municipality of Chianciano in 1897, although the nuns remained living there until 1909. In addition to the donated collection belonging to the Monastery, in 1928 some further pieces were donated by the Marquise Antonio Origo, authority of Chianciano: from now on the District, according to the Parish Church, made the collection freely accessible to public. There are not many historic records that refer to the Collegiata’s artworks, however, 24 sheet have been found, that are dated 1931 and belonged to the Superintendent of Tuscany’s Medieval and Modern Art; these state the origin, the location, the condition and the origin of the exhibited goods.
The Museum of Collegiata now comprises four rooms, the first one is introductive and contains various artworks from different periods, the remaining rooms are displayed in chronological order: the second room presents works from the XIII, XIV and XV centuries; the third one from the XV to XVI centuries; the fourth room covers the XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries. Among the most relevant pieces of art, are three reliquaries, handmade by the Monastery of Saint Michael Archangel’s nuns; the Madonna on the throne with the Child sculpted in the Thirteenth century from a collaborator of the famous Nicola Pisano; the Madonna of Humility by Niccolò Gerini; the Crucified Christ of the Baptistery XIV century, attributed by the critics to Segna di Bonaventura, from Duccio di Buoninsegna’s school; the Polyptych by the Master of Chianciano, composed of five sections; the Madonna with Child, Saint Roch and Saint Sebastian ascribed to Marco Biagio and dated back to the XVI century; the fresco Madonna with the Child of uncertain attribution, earlier exhibited in the Church of Peace, Rome (Italy); the Reliquary Arm of Saint John Baptist of the second half of XVI century; in the end, Leonardo Massimiliano De Vergi’s Christ, his only low relief, which is conserved in good state.
Via Solferino, 38, 53042 Chianciano Terme SI