Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Venosa

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  • The Museum is housed in the beautiful castle built in the 15th century by Duke Pirro del Balzo on the occasion of his marriage to the daughter of Prince Orsini of Taranto. The Castle has a rectangular plan whose corners are four cylindrical towers. Later on the inside there is a Renaissance Loggia on the main floor, a deep ditch and an interior courtyard. The Museum is housed in the basement Gallery. The exhibits range from Roman to medieval times of the city and its hinterland. Interesting coin finds from the period in which brand had a Vein, votive and funerary and those ceramic ones including the famous askos Carr.
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  • Small Museum organized, divided into two parts, one on prehistoric finds unearthed in the area, the other in Roman history. Interesting
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  • The castle of Pirro Del Balzo and the Archaeological Museum are among the main attractions of the sleepy town of Venosa, places the illustrious past which unfortunately enhances the historical-architectural-archaeological important vestiges left by ancestors. The Castle retains much of the defensive structures and a beautiful Renaissance Loggia on the first floor, but largely is not open to the public. You can visit the dungeons, in which are preserved important prehistoric and early medieval remains of Roman and, with an interesting and rare Hebrew inscriptions from the local section and hardly visited the catacombs. Despite the presence of very important and evocative pieces, the Museum is generally dusty, missing part of captions and with explanations very old and frail, partially unreadable, with display cases with a not enough lighting, without a clear path to visit and the most difficult to understand for non-experts. Positive the entrance fee affordable, that allows also the archaeological area and the Castle and Archaeological Museum of Melfi. Unfortunately these conditions the visit can be considered a must for fans only.
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  • Venosa, the city that was the birthplace of the Poet Horace, is rich in important archaeological finds of pre-Roman, Roman and medieval times, near which is crossed by the "regina viarum" (the Via Appia). Valuable is his old village, as well as the Cathedral of Sant'Andrea with its imposing Bell Tower, the casa di Orazio Flacco and, really, so much more, all kept in "very good shape". The Church of the Holy Trinity, situated within the area of the Archaeological Park, where you can admire the baths and the amphitheatre. It's a small town exquisitely attractive, as well as interesting, from "taste" at least for a weekend.
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  • Beautiful rare finds well preserved.
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  • Nice Museum full of artifacts and useful to understand a part of our history
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