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Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Vulci

The Archaeological Museum of Vulci offers the opportunity to admire masterpieces from the ancient bronze ceramics production in a unique and fascinating structure immersed in the splendour of the surrounding landscape.

Vulci, Castello dell'Abbadia (Arch. Fot. Provincia di Viterbo)

Vulci, Castello dell'Abbadia
(Arch. Fot. Provincia di Viterbo)

Where
Dipped in the sunny and fertile countryside of Latium, exactly in the geographical area of Maremma, the Museum is in the town of Canino, about 40 km from Viterbo

History
The structure housing this museum was originally an abbey dedicated to St. Mamiliano.
Destroyed by the Saracens, it was rebuilt by the Cistercians in the thirteenth century and later transformed and expanded to take the size of a fortress built in local trachyte, with a rectangular shape.

Description
The museum, located in the Castle “Castello dell'Abbadia”, is divided into various environments accessing to a courtyard by an open door. This courtyard hosts sculptures and architectural elements of Etruscan and Roman era.
Here visitors may admire some archaeological finds from excavations carried out in the city of Vulci and its Necropolis. These finds date back to a period going from the 10th century BC to the Roman Age.

On the ground floor are some funerary urns as well as some biconical vases from the proto and Villanovian culture (10th – 9th century BC) and equipment from the 7th and 8th century BC.

Upstairs visitors may also find equipments from the Necropolis of Cavalupo (8th century BC) as well as the Tomb of Panatenaica (7th -6th cent. BC) and splendid Attic pottery. Etruscan and Corinthian Bucchero are also visible. Significant are the vases from the painter of of Micali and those realised by the so-called “Group of the Ivy leaves”. Some anatomical votives as well as several material from the Roman Age are also visible.

Near the museum is the "Ponte dell'Abbadia", realised in a strategic point going to the inner Etrurian towns. The bridge, divided into three arches and supported by two squared pylons laying on the rocky river bed, shows signs of several buildings interventions.The tufaceous red blocks constituting the oldest nucleus seem attributable to the early Etruscan Age. This structure was subsequently enlarged, perhaps in the 1st century. BC, when the pillars were reinforced and covered by an exterior squared wall realised in Nenfro.Further changes had to be made during the medieval and modern Age when a pebbles pavement floor was built. It was successively used to install a water mill. Before the unit of Italy, its hump was the border between the Papal State and the Grand Duke of Tuscany.

For a visit
The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 09 am to 7 pm Monday is closed Ticket 2.00 euros, reductions for children under 18 and those older than 65. Guided tours are possible on request.

Info
Museo Archeologico di Vulci
Loc. Abbadia di Vulci - 01011 Canino VT
Telefono: +39 0761-437787
http://www.vulci.it

 

Testi: C. Chiovelli - Traduzione: L. Adami

 

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