The archaeological investigation carried out by the University of Florence on top of Monte Giovi (Pontassieve, Firenze) from 2010 to 2015 has provided new interesting data about material culture in the settlements of the Fiesole-Mugello area during the Etruscan period. In particular, the painted pottery class with “motivi ornamentali” seems to be connected to the territories north of the Apennines and, although it has been known for decades, it has never been systematically investigated. In Etruscan Po Valley, this painted pottery has been included in the “etrusco-padana” class, used between the end of the 6th and the beginning of the 4th century BC, and it represents a local elaboration of the Orvieto and Chiusi area models. The Fiesole ceramic shows strong similarities with them and, since they were not common south of the Apennines, they were considered local imitations of the Po Valley production. In vases from the Mugello area, morphological and decorative peculiarities have recently suggested more considerable independence from the Etruscan Po Valley production and a closer relationship with the inner Etruria typical prototypes, a more direct way for the arrival of the models to the middle Valdarno. A clear and revised collection of the finds is needed to avoid biased analysis about the origin, spread, and use of this pottery class and to add important elements for interpreting the relations between territories on both sides of the Apennines.

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