The Monteleone Chariot is an Etruscan Chariot of Tomb A of the Necropolis of Piggione in Castelnuova Berardenga. The Monteleone Estrucan Chariot is considered one of the most Beautiful archaeological findings in the world. Monteleone Di Spoleto first founded the beautiful archaeological finding. The Monteleone Chariot is currently kept as the fascinating beauty of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York City, United States.

On the hill of Poggione in Castelnuovo Berardenga in 1980-1985 (the area had already been made the subject of archaeological reports in the seventies), three Etruscan chamber tombs of the Orientalizing and Archaic period were excavated. The walls and flooring were made of travertine slabs from Rapolano.


Tomb A (chamber of m. 2.45 x 5.40), which preserved the burials of a man and a woman, has returned a princely trousseau. The high rank of the deceased is testified by elements of a two-wheeled iron and bronze chariot (coatings, parapet, rims, hubs, etc …), fragments of two bronze shields decorated embossed, two spearheads, numerous knives and a short-bladed iron sword. The prestigious outfit also included a comb and an ivory pyx, a casket in bronze foil decorated embossed, parts of bronze vases, Buccheri, vases decorated with reddish bands, Etruscan – Corinthian unguentary, spools and spindles.

The elements of the wagon, in particular, were the subject of an in-depth study that led to the restoration and reconstructive hypothesis of the find that was integrated with a wooden structure.

According to scholars, it would be a buggy (carpenter) rather than a cirrus, war chariot and parade (a hypothesis that had prevailed at the time of the discovery).

The wagon probably had a parallelepiped case, open front and rear, with the seat at the edges, with a space in the back (for transporting things or people) and with the wheels in a central position concerning the frame.

The find, pulled by two horses, allowed me to travel seated and to travel at a fast pace (size of the wheels), even long distances. The owner could perhaps use the wagon to reach his possessions; this hypothesis could be confirmed by the data obtained from chariot burials in Italy, which show that the carriage was not always exclusive to the female world.

The high-ranking characters deposited in tomb A of Poggione were part of the local aristocracy (the village of Piano Tondo near the hill of Poggione), which based its wealth on the control of the Ombrone River road, a privileged route for communications between coastal and northern Etruria.


The carriage and other finds from Tomb A of Poggione are kept at the Civic Archaeological and Sacred Art Museum of Asciano (Palazzo Corboli).

On the cemetery of Poggione and the carriage of the tomb, A see, among others, Case e Palazzi d’Etruria, Electa, 1985, page. 159 et seq.; I Centri Archeologici della Provincia di Siena, 1986, pagg. 96 et seq.; www.finestresull’arte Siena: the sweet chariot of the Etruscan prince visible to the public 9 August 2017.