During the 7th century BC, ceramic workshops developed in the Florentine and Mugello areas. They produced bucchero vases of remarkable quality, as well as particular impasto cinerary vessels with relief decorations. In both cases and for specific technical and decorative aspects, it is possible to observe a mixture of influences from northern Etruria and the Po Valley. As well as confirming the particular vocation of the Middle Valdarno as a territory of passage between the north and south of the Peninsula – which critical trans-Apennine routes have always crossed – this data allows us to know a formal and decorative language peculiar to this part of Etruria. It is a synthesis of a varied framework of experiences and suggestions that appears increasingly well-defined thanks to new research.

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