If you're heading northwest to Siena, stray 9 km (5½ mi) west of the Via Cassia to Vescovado and then follow the signs 2 km (1 mi) south to this tiny fortified medieval borgo (village) that has been completely restored.
Antiquarium Poggio Civitate. An imposing bishop's palace holds this unique museum of Etruscan relics. Although there are many beautiful pieces displayed in an intelligent and well-documented fashion, the almost complete roof and pediment from a 5th-century BC Etruscan house stand out as rare and precious artifacts. The so-called "Cowboy of Murlo," a large-hatted figure from the same roof, is the star of the collection but anyone interested in ancient Etruscan culture will be well rewarded by a visit here. The museum is named after the nearby site from which most of the artifacts were excavated. Piazza della Cattedrale 4, Murlo, 53016. 0577/814099. €5. Mar. and Oct., Tues.–Sun. 10–1 and 3–5; Apr.–June and Sept., Tues.–Sun. 10–1 and 3–7; July and Aug., Tues.–Sun. 10–7; Nov.–Feb., Tues.–Fri. 10–1, weekends 10–1 and 3–5.
- Address: Buonconvento, 53016
- Location: Buonconvento