Etruscan Museums

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Adria (Prov. Rovigo). SS 16 or A 13 to Rovigo, then 23 km. due E. Museo Civico: local Etruscan finds.

Arezzo (Arretium). Autostrada del Sole Florence-Rome. Museo Archeologico Mecenate: Bucchero, bronzes, Arretine vases. Remains of possibly Etruscan wall in N.E. of the city.

Bieda (Blera) (Prov. Viterbo). SS 2 (Via Cassia) Viterbo-Rome, W. at Cura, about 3 km. S. of Vetralla. Necropolis, rock tombs with architectural facades. Etruscan bridge across Biedano. Remains of walls. See also San Giovanale (Approx. 10km South of Blera)

Bologna (Felsina). Autostrada del Sole. Museo Civico:Via dell'Archiginnasio, 2. Tel. 051 233849. 9-2 PM (Sat, Sun 9-1 PM, 3:30-7 PM). Closed Mon. Finds from Felsina cemeteries, bronze situla from Certosa, Important Egyptian collection, Greek and Etruscan works.

Bolsena (Volsinii) (Prov. Viterbo). SS 2 (Via Cassia) Viterbo Chianciano. Tombs, walls, temple ruins.

Bomarzo (Prov. Viterbo). SS 204 Viterbo-Orte, N. at km. 16.1. Remains of walls and drainage canals. Tombs: Grotta dipinta, Grotta della Colonna.

Brescia. A 4 Milan-Venice. Museo Archeologico: Etruscan vases, finds from Arezzo and Orvieto.

Capua (Prov. Caserta). A 2 Rome-Naples, exit Caserta or S. Maria Capua Vetere. Museo Campano: terra-cottas.

Cerveteri (Cisra, Caere) (Prov. Rome). SS 1 (Via Aurelia) or A 16. Banditaccia necropolis: chamber tombs and tumuli, Regolini-Galassi tomb. Museum in castle.

Chiusi (Camars, Clusium) (Prov. Siena). SS 7 1 Orvieto-Cortona, or Autostrada del Sole, exit Chianciano, Museo Archeologico Nazionale: Bucchero, painted vases, bronzes. Tombs: of the Monkey, del Granduca, del Colle. 5 km. N.E. at Poggio Gaiella: supposed tomb of Lars Porsena.

Civita Castellana and Falerii (Prov. Viterbo). SS 3 (Via Flaminia), turn off W. at 53 km. from Rome. Cemeteries, temple ruins. Alternative Link.

Corchiano (Prov. Viterbo). SS 3 (Via Flaminia) to Civita Castellana, take road N.W. to Carbognano, turn right after about i i km. Tombs with inscriptions. Drainage canals.

Cortona (Curtun) (Prov. Arezzo). SS 71 Arezzo-Orvieto, 29 km. S. of Arezzo. Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca: bronze lamp. Tombs: di Pitagora, del Sodo, Sergardi (Melone di Camuscia).

Ferrara. SS 16 (Via Adriatica) or A 13 Padua-Bologna. Museo Archeologico Nazionale:Museo Archeologico Nazionale via XX settembre 124, Ferrara tel. 0532/66299 - Finds from Spina.

Fiesole (Faesulae), above Florence. Remains of Etruscan temple. Museum: Etruscan and Roman finds.

Florence. Autostrada del Sole. Museo Archeologico:Via della Colonna 36. Tues-Sat 9-2 PM, 1 PM Sun. Tel. 055 2478641. Etruscan pottery, including François vase, bronzes (Chimera from Arezzo, Orator), gold and silver work, coins. Tomb reconstructions.

Grosseto. SS 1 (Via Aurelia), 183 km. from Rome. Museo Archeologico: finds from Roselle and Vetulonia.

Mantua. A 22 Verona-Modena. Museo Archeologico in the Palazzo Ducale: Etruscan antiquities.

Marsiliana d'Albegna (prov. Grosseto). SS 1 (Via Aurelia), SS 74 inland at Stazione di Albinia 32 km. S. of Grosseto, turn right at about 12. km. Cemeteries: Poggio Macchiabuia and Banditella.

Marzabotto (Misa) (near Bologna). Autostrada del Sole BolognaFlorence, exit Sasso Marconi, SS 64 (Via Porrettana) for about 8 km, Two cemeteries, town and temple ruins; local finds in the Muset) Pompeo Aria.

Massa Marittima (Prov. Grosseto). SS 1 (Via Aurelia), SS 439 at Follonica for about 18 km. Etruscan ruins.

Milan. Civico Museo Archeologico: Etruscan coin collection.

Montepulciano (Prov. Siena). Autostrada del Sole Florence-Rome, exit Chianciano to SS 146, 9 km. N.W. of Chianciano. Urns with inscriptions on the facade of Palazzo Bucelli, Etruscan collection in Palazzo Tarugi.

Murlo (Prov. Siena). Castello di Murlo. Antiquities from the excavation of the 7th - 5th Century Villa at Poggio Civitate.Opening time: Tues. to Sat. 10-12, Sun. 10-12 and 14-17, closed Mon. (in Jan., Feb., Nov. and Dec.); Tues. to Sun. 9.30-12.30 and 15-19, closed Mon. (in March and Oct.); 9.30-13 and 15-19 (the rest of the year)

Directions: Half way between Siena and Buonconvento. Take the Cassia south from Siena and turn off after Monteroni D'Arbia, or bus from Siena to Vescovado, which is 1 km from Murlo.

Nepi (Nepet) (Prov. Rome). SS 2 (Via Cassia) Rome-Viterbo, SS 3 11 at Bivio di Monterosi. After 6 km. walls and tombs on the right.

Norchia (Prov. Viterbo). -SS 2 (Via Cassia) Rome-Viterbo as far as Vetralla, N.W. to Casalone. Necropolis, rock tombs with temple facades.

Orvieto. Autostrada del Sole Florence-Rome.

beautiful hilltown on a volcanic rock, delicious wine. Medieval center, Etruscan wells.

Archaeological Museum and Museo Faina - Palazzo Faina, p.zza del Duomo, 29. 10-1 PM, 3-7 PM. Tel. 0763 341216-341511. Etruscan sculpture, reliefs, frescoes, vase paintings.

Umbria Museums National Archaeological Museum Piazza del Duomo. 9-7 PM, Sun 9-1:30 PM. Tel. 0763 341039.

Necropoli Etrusca del Crocefisso del Tufo Painted tombs in vicinity (Castel Rubello,- S.S. 71 at km. 1.6. Tel. 0763 343611. 9-7 PM. Etruscan necropolis just outside of town.

Museo Civico in the Palazzo Faina: sculptures, fine vases, bronzes from the vicinity.

Palermo (Sicily). Museo Archeologico: Etruscan collection with finds from Chiusi.

Pavia. A 7 Milan-Genoa. Istituto Archeologico dell'Università: Etruscan bronzes from the Po valley.

Perugia (Perusia). Autostrada del Sole Florence-Rome, exit Betolle.

Gates:Arco d'Augusto and Porta Marzia.(2-1C BC).

Ipogeo dei Volumni - 6 km southeast of Perugia, Ponte San Giovanni. 9:30-12:30 and 3-5 PM. Tel 075 393329.Large Etruscan tomb site, detailed sarcophagi. The highway was built right through it.

Museo Archeologico - ex Convento di S. Domenico, Piazza G. Bruno. Tel. 075 5727141. Tues - Sat 9-7 PM, Sun 1 PM. Large prehistoric section, Etruscan and Roman section: cinerary urns, bronzes, Greek vases, bucchero (black pottery).

The Collection of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Sculpture Plaster Casts - Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche dell'Antichità, via dell'Aquilone, 7. Tel. 075 5853807 9-1 PM on request - closed Sat, Sun.

Piacenza (Placentia). Autostrada del Sole Milan-Bologna. Museo Civico: Bronze liver of Piacenza.

Populonia (Pupluna) (Prov. Livorno). SS 1 (Via Aurelia) LivornoGrosseto to San Vicenzo, due S. along the coast in direction Piombino, right after 12.3 km. Acropolis walls. Porto Baratti necropolis; tumulus graves.

Porto Clementino (Graviscae) (Prov. Viterbo). SS 1 (Via Aurelia) Rome-Orbetello to Tarquinia, branch off to the coast. Remains of the old harbor of Tarquinii.

Museums of Rome

Museo Capitolino: Piazza del Campidoglio. Tues-Sun 9:30-7 PM, Sat till 11 PM; Closed Mondays. Tel. 06 7102071.- Bronze she-wolf (Lupa), Finds from Caere. Reservations 06 39967800.

Museo Baracco - Palazzo Piccola Farnesina, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 166/a. Tel. 06 68806848. 9am-1pm, Sunday 9am-1pm; closed Mondays. Entrance :€ 2.53. In 1948 the collection was rehoused in its present building, attributed to Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. Rare and diverse collection of classical Greek, Egyptian, Assyrian and Etruscan sculptures.

Museo Etrusco Gregoriano (Vatican):Tel. 06 9883333. Summer 8:45-4:45 PM closed Sunday except last Sunday of month for free admission (no entrance in last hour before closing). Regolini-Galassi tomb, Mars of Todi.

Museo Nazionale Di Villa Giulia Piazzale di Villa Giulia, 9. Tel. 06 322657. Tues-Sat 9-2 PM (summer usually 7:30 PM); Sun 9-1 PM; Mondays closed. Etruscan bronze and clay sculpture, Greek and Etruscan vase paintings from Etruscan sites. contents of the Barberini and Bernardini tombs from Palestrina (Praeneste); finds from Cerveteri: Ficorini cista, terra-cotta sarcophagus; from Veii: Apollo and head of Hermes. Tomb groups from most of Latium and southern Etruria.

Museo di Villa Albani: frescoes from Vulci. Not usually open to public.

Roselle (Rusellae) (near Grosseto). SS 223 (Via Rosellana) for about 8 km. to signpost "Rovine di Roselle." Walls, remains of gates.

Santa Maria Capua Vetere (Capua) (Prov. Caserta) A 2 Rome - Naples. Antiquarium: finds from Capua.

Santa Severa (Pyrgi) (Prov. Rome). SS 1 (Via Aurelia) from Rome, about 2o km. before Civitavecchia. Vestiges of Caere's port. Foundations of two temples.

Siena. SS 2 (Via Cassia) or direct road from Florence. Museo Etrusco
Senese: Bucchero, vases, sculptures, bronzes.

Sovana (Suana) (Prov. Grosseto). SS 1 (Via Aurelia) to Orbetello turnoff, SS 74 to Pitigliano, N. on unmetaled road for 8 km. Rock tombs with architectural facades, chamber tombs.

Sutri (Sutrium) (Prov. Viterbo). SS 2 (Via Cassia) Rome-Viterbo. Chamber tombs, traces of defenses and drainage canals. EtruscoRoman amphitheater.

Talamonaccio (Telamon) (Prov. Grosseto). SS 1 (Via Aurelia) Grosseto-Rome, at Fonteblanda W. to Talamone. Soon after Fonteblanda, on the right of the road, hill and excavation site, remains of fortifications.

Tarquinia (Tarquinii) (Prov. Viterbo). SS 1 (Via Aurelia) Rome - Orbetello.

The National Museum of Tarquinia (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Tarquinia) 9-2 PM (closed Mondays). Housed in a 15C palace, an incredible collection of Etruscan and Greek art.

Courtyard and ground floor - stone sarcophagi from the 7-3C BCE, carved in low relief, sometimes with a reclining sculpted figure of the deceased on top.

First floor - beautiful chronologically displayed collection of Etruscan, Corinthian, Attic ceramics, coins, jewelry. Black and red figured Greek (6C BC) vases were extensively imported by the Etruscans.

Second floor - Two Winged Horses, (3 or 4C BC) a terra-cotta sculpture excavated on the steps of the nearby temple of the Queen's Altar. Also on this floor are several reconstructed tombs.

Necropolis - the painted tombs of Tarquinia are in a vast and eerie landscape, the site of the original ancient city. Only a few are open to view at one time. These paintings of the 6-1C BC give us not just a look at the Etruscan aesthetic and way of life, but also a glimpse of the tradition of Greek painting, of which practically nothing, other than copies, or vase paintings and mosaics,

Remains of old city walls.

Todi (Prov. Perugia). SS 3, at 47 km. S. of Perugia turn right into SS 79. Museo Civico: gold and iron objects, bronzes, terra-cottas, Etruscan coin collection.

Etruscan arch - The center of the city was first built by the Umbrians, then Etruscans, then Romans, and later expanded in the medieval and Gothic periods.

Turin. A 4. Museo Archeologico in the Palazzo dell'Accademia delle Scienze: Etruscan urns and vases.

Tuscania (Prov. Viterbo). SS 1 (Via Aurelia), just N. of Tarquinia turn inland for 24 km.; or SS 2 (Via Cassia), just N. of Vetralla turn left for 21 km. Tombs: Tomba Grotta della Regina with several stories of subterranean passages, Tomba del Carcarello, Tomba della Televisione. Small museum with sarcophagi.

Veii (near Rome). SS 2 (Via Cassia), about 17 km. from Rome to La Storta, turn off E. to Isola Farnese: ruins of temples, subterranean passages and water conduits. Ponte Sodo, tunnel for river Valchetta (Cremera). Two painted tombs: Campana and Tomba delle Anatre.

Vetulonia (Vetluna) (Prov. Grosseto). SS 1 (Via Aurelia) GrossetoFolonica, at Grilli turn S. on a side road signposted Castiglione della Pescaia, and then almost immediately left. Remains of city walls. Tumulus tombs: della Pietrera, del Diavolino.

Viterbo (Surina). SS 2 (Via Cassia). Museo Civico: sarcophagi, inscriptions. Etruscan bridge: Ponte del Castello.

Volterra (Velathri, Volaterrae) (Prov. Pisa). SS 1 (Via Aurelia) Grosseto-Livorno, turn E. at Cecina into SS 68 for about 40 km,

and gates: Porta all'Arco (5th C. BC) and Porta di Diana.

Museo Etrusco Guarnacci: Via Don Minzoni 15. 9-7 PM. Tel. 0588 86347. Founded in 1761 when the noble abbot Mario Guarnacci donated his archaeological collection to the citizens of the city. Over 600 cinerary urns displayed according to theme. Villanovan pottery, Etruscan alabaster urns and sarcophagi, bronzes, terra-cottas, etc.

Ground floor: early Iron Age 9-8C BC, funeral stele of Avile Tite, (6C B.C.) portrays a warrior with a lance and sword similar in style to Greek-Oriental works of art. Room III: 5C BC: Attic Krater attributed to the Berlin Painter, Etruscan sculpture, the Lorenzini Head. First floor: Room XXII: elongated, votive figure of a young boy known as Ombra della sera ( Shadow of the Evening, 3C); also Roman mosaics from local buildings of Imperial Rome.

Second floor: reconstruction of tombs of the Hellenistic Period (4-1C BC). The main feature of the collection is the cinerary urn typical of Volterra. The rite of cremation was almost exclusive to this area. The ashes were ceremoniously placed in the urn, similar to a small sarcophagus. The lid represents a recumbent figure attending a luxurious banquet feast, a social occasion also assisted by the Etruscan women, and held in disrepute by the Romans and Greeks. Alabaster, a local stone, was exclusively utilized for the production of the cinerary urns.

Museo Etrusco and Museo d'Arte Sacra- Piazza Pecori. 9:30-8 PM. Bartolo di Fredi, Ghirlandaio, funerary urns.

Vulci (Prov. Viterbo) (ruins). SS 1 (Via Aurelia), 16 km. N. of Tarquinia turn E. at Montalto di Castro on SS P2, turn left after about 13.5 km. Necropolis: tumuli (Cucumella and Cucumelletta) and the famous painted François tomb. Ponte della Badia. City ruins. Small museum in the castle by the Ponte della Badia.


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