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Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, Rome

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Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia houses some of the world's most important sculptures and artifacts from Etruscan civilization. This 16th-century palace, formerly the property of the pope, contains objects from some of Italy's oldest civilizations. Examine ancient ceramics, jewelry, and tools while learning about the history of this highly advanced pre-Roman civilization. The most famous treasure on display here is the terracotta funerary monument Sarcofago degli Sposi, depicting a married couple reclining together at a banquet. In between looking at ancient objects, you can visit the villa's peaceful grounds or restaurant. Work out when and for how long to visit Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia and other Rome attractions using our handy Rome vacation trip planner.
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  • the most important National Museum of art and the Etruscan civilization. It is a huge Museum with many rooms and treasures. It's outside the usual tours and that's a shame
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  • I agree with the reviewer below who stated that it is a bit repetitive, however Villa Giulia itself is interesting and there are some real gems amidst the myriad of vases? I was surprised at the level...  more »
  • If you love history, you can't miss it. Finally, then, a museum where the visitor is guided along a clearly defined path, without skipping salt and important things to see. I am very happy with it.
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  • Well worth a visit, if only for the spectacular building. The collection is interesting too, even if you don't know much about the subject matter. Beautiful and a good way to escape the mid-day heat.
  • A truly spectacular collection of Etruscan items. Given the history, most are pottery or bronze. About 2/3 of the galleries are extremely well presented and lit (especially the first wing, and the last few rooms - there are 40 in all!); the other 1/3 a little hard to see - but tend to contain lesser works. There are some real gems here. We took two visits to see everything because we actually like to look at what's displayed, rather than race through. The main downside (besides the sheer volume of material)? Several of the descriptions refer to items that are in other places.
  • We paid to get in and absolutly nothing is open. Only the grounds. This was the property I studied for University and I got to see nothing. Every collection was also locked up.
  • A nice museum in a very beautiful garden and area of the city.
  • Beautiful Villa and gardens with an outstanding collection of Etruscan artifacts. A great education in pre-Roman civilization in Italy.