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Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, Rome

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web
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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  • At the Museum of the Etruscan culture, mysterious and profound. Gorgeous glitter that kanji, not soft and tend to like hot exhibits. Far from other tourist attractions, is not a recommend.
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  • After seeing most/all of the main attractions in Rome, found this museum which sounded interesting. Quite a walk from pantheon area, but well worth it. Great info on their history and how they lived. ...  read more »
  • This is a 4 star museum with loads of cool Etruscan art and a nymphoreum (my best attempt at spelling - it's a 3 level aquatic grotto) on the grounds. The people were not helpful at all and you can on...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Beautiful Villa and gardens with an outstanding collection of Etruscan artifacts. A great education in pre-Roman civilization in Italy.
  • Spent so many relaxing afternoons here. One of my favourite museums, I love just staring at the married couple of sarcofago degli sposi, somehow you can learn something about life among the Etruscans by looking in their eyes :)
  • Overview of Etruscan art and way of living. A bit away from the center but still worth a visit.
  • Beautiful artefacts of every type. A breath of fresh (and modern feeling) air from all the classical in Rome. The "swallow painter" vases are fantastic and the paintings form the tombs are absolutely ravishing. I am looking forward to going back. Only tiny downpoint (but it's a failing in all Italy, or maybe just of mine) is that their postcard selection was poor: I love to buy a few postcards afterwards, and theirs were not great. But the collection itself is a pure joy. And the museum is not packed with awful tourists. But be warned: there is lots to see. Well worth the walk out along the Via Flaminia. Or up through the park around the Villa Borghese. Call in to the Santa Maria del Popolo on the way.
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