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Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, Rome
(4.5/5 based on 380+ 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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  • I took last Sunday my kids to this museum because they were encouraged to know the Etruscans and also since my last visit there dated back to more than 20 years ago. The structure is classic, has only a multimedia presentation in its path, but the strength and beauty of the exhibits therein still fascinates the visitor. The only fact is about setting up of temple terracottas of Veii, given that the room in which they are allocated is not adequate to represent them in the spaces in which they were originally allocated.
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  • The museum is located in a papal palace being wonderful itself. It hosts several masterpieces of Etruscan civilization: from statues to frescos. It is very well organized and offers a map for kids whi...  more »
  • The national Etruscan Museum is located within the beautiful setting of Villa Giulia, a Renaissance palace dating back to the 16th century, near Parioli. I must say that we had entered the Museum with some injury, fearful that the site was gaunt and a little boring. The visit was a pleasant surprise, a total immersion in the Etruscan culture. The selection of Antiquities found especially in the necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia, Veio, Volterra is seamless: vases, amphorae, mirrors, chandeliers, jewellery, SOAP dish, dishes. The materials? Terracotta, bronze, ceramics and even gold. Reconstruction of the tombs (mound Maroi, Tomb of deathbed), remains of shrines (sanctuary of the Lo Scasato, Temple of Alatri), the gold foil of Prygi (an important Etruscan-Phoenician text), the glove compartment "Cista Ficoroni", the masterpiece of polychrome painting Chigi "Olpe". In short, an endless collection of finds of incredible interest. The highlight of the Museum is the Sarcophagus of the spouses, a magnificent terracotta sculpture of the sixth century. BC, life-size. All the treasures are well preserved, well enhanced and accompanied by clear and comprehensive explanations. A must for those interested in history and archaeology, not merely Etruscan.
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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.