How to get there:
From Manciano, take highway 74 towards Pitigliano. After about 9 km, just before the bridge over the Fiora River, take the road on your right and follow the signs.
Info for visitors:
The area is privately owned, but you can ask for permission to explore the site.
The town owes its name to the many tombs built into the tufa, or local stone of the area. There are various types of tombs, the majority of which date from the late eighth to the 6th century BC. The settlement was located in the nearby plateau of Le Sparne and evidence suggests that the area has been inhabited since the late Bronze Age (10th century BC): excavations done by the University of Florence have found these dates at the summit of an artificial hill, and evidence of ritual activities has been uncovered. Abandoned in the late 6th century BC, the settlement was then briefly re-occupied in Roman times, as the discovery of funerary objects and votives dating from the 2nd century BC suggest. Findings from Poggio Buco are held in the nearby Archaeological Museum of Pitigliano, opened in 1995,but have also been shared with museums around Italy as well as internationally. Artifacts from this area can be viewed in Florence, Turin, Monaco, Berlin, Copenhagen and Berkeley, California.