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Guarnacci Etrurian Museum, Volterra

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  • A substantial amount of exhibits, is certainly worth a visit. Exposure maybe still the source "private collection" old fashioned. A more modern presentation would make it truly exceptional.
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  • The Museum presents a museum maybe a bit too monotonous, without giving a sense of continuity; I felt a little bit lost. Other than that the quantity and quality of the exhibits is vast and varied. Beautiful mosaic on the second floor.
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  • It is one of the oldest museums in Europe, 1761 a true treasure chest, full of Etruscan "mysterious people" are materials from excavations of the necropolis of the territory, divided on two floors of the building. Unfortunately, the exposure is not valued, non-existent, especially at 1° plates and 2° floor. It would add explanatory panels beautiful clear, written large, between the old furniture that do not go certain deleted "is nice their old dresses" and then focusing well some object among many objects placed to make it worthwhile visiting. Very nice the oldest cult statue in marble dell'etruria centrale, the so-called Head Lorenzini, depicts a deity. The ground floor is entered in the ticket office and bookshop that very disturbing and disturbed in turn. Require conversion of spaces, the visitor cannot pay attention: the burial "crematory typical of Volterra" with the remains after the rite of cremation and even less to the funerary monument of the archaic period (6th century BC), much less to the Stele of Avile Tite, contained in a hallway (which depicts a warrior armed with a spear and Eastern Greek sword) and the classical period. The heart of the original "guarnacciana," are the more than 600 URNs of the fourth to the first century. b.c. terracotta, stone, alabaster, decorated in relief with ornamental motifs and traditional themes of farewell to the deceased. The famous sarcophagus lid of the bride and groom, "old couple with creepy look, modeled in terracotta. BC outstanding with a suggestive "modernity" OMBRA della SERA a bronzetto "Stripling with unnatural elongation of anomalous figure in a body that looks old," a masterpiece of Etruscan sculpture of the third century. BC they are worth the visit alone it deserves at least two hours. Open daily 09.00/19.00 hours: from 16.03 at 01.11 and from 08.30/13.45 from 02.11 to 15.03 € 8.00 ticket or for all the cultural sites of the town of Volterra with validity of 72 hours: VOLTERRA CARD Entire per person € 14.00
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  • This was a kind of weird museum. I enjoyed it, but at some point it stopped being interesting to see Etruscan funerary urns. That's primarily what's in this museum. Worth seeing as a part of the family pass or if you've got a large interest in Etruscan funerary urns, that's about it. Maybe better with a tour guide.
  • Boring, just A LOT of poteries put on shelves without any explanation. Not interesting at all. The most interesting thing is that it is one of the oldest European museum. Opened during the 18th century, probably didn't change since...
  • Nice museum with rich collection from Etruscan times. There is wonderful view from the terrace on the 3th floor.
  • Many lovely items, esp. the cinerary urns. But it's all organized very poorly (and there's an excess of cinerary urns on display). The display cards are all in Italian, but of wildly varying styles. Worth a visit while in Volterra, but maybe not the key thing to see there.
  • The exhibits in the Museum are interesting too bad not adequately valued from lights to allow a better view and a lack of appropriate explanatory tables for better understanding to "non-experts". Pity that these days some halls are temporarily closed for restoration
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