The Chiarone - archeological site
The Chiarone area, in the plain of Lucca, is situated along the ancient course of the Serchio, where the river, in a wide bight, receives
its right tributary Visona. The archaeological site, already known from explorations and substantial surface finds, has been subject to systematic campaigns of excavation between 1982 and 1990.
The succession and the characteristics of the ancient settlements, that followed periods of total abandonment and have been identified here, illustrate, more generally, the complex history of rural settlements, first Etruscan and then Roman, orbiting around the lower course of the Auser. The specific environmental character and, in particular, the delicate hydro-geologic equilibrium of this area, played a decisive role in the vicissitudes of its ancient population.Source: luccaterre.it