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Guarnacci Etrurian Museum, Volterra
(3.4/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
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  • Not having the collection nor the structure of Rome, this Museum, in the interesting city of Volterra, offers an excellent initiation about the origins and culture of this people still little known. Numerous hypotheses have been raised about the origins of the Etruscans. Recently a chain of historians holds that they are autochthonous of the Italian peninsula, with its twelve cities. Without doubt a civilization advanced for its time. Worked with rare delicacy, the iron, the clay and, to a lesser extent, gold. Here in the Guarnacci there are numerous parts which attest to the cultural level reached by the Etruscans, including adorno, parts of everyday use and, also, of war. Worth the visit. Be sure to observe the urn of the spouses and the canteen of the Warrior Poggio, decorated with taste and art. And don't forget to take a walk by the beautiful gardens, adorned with polls and other pieces of this forgotten civilization.
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  • I agree with most of the visitors about the importance and the extraordinary quality and beauty of the exhibits but the Organization, in my opinion, does not make them the proper credit. The objects illuminated deserves more care, cataloging is not always clear, and the description is even absent in a foreign language. I read that nobody needed other facilities like the toilet that has seen more than one person escape, women mostly, personally I came across a group of Frenchmen, squat TOILET dangerous for those who wear heels, athletic pants and perhaps not so much and don't tell me it is a more hygienic because always we're talking toilets.
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  • The explanatory panels illustrate the evolution of Etruscan art, particularly the burial chamber. There are also jewelry and pottery from the 4th century BC onwards. It is definitely worth visiting, the Volterra pass with 12 € allows you to see the best in town.
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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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