Museums tell the tales of the old times making us realize the history and stories attached to that particular place. One such museum that portrays the elements of Etruscan civilization is National Etruscan Museum located in Rome, Italy. All the collections have been housed in Villa Guilia.
The Villa initially served as the residential place of Pope Julius III remained the property of papal till 1870. Later on the place came under the supervision of government of Italy. National Etruscan Museum was formed in 1889 to save the pre-Roman antiquities. The collected antiques were a representation of Etruscan and Faliscan civilizations.
The National Etruscan Museum is famous for terracotta funerary monument described as Sarcofago degli Sposi, or Sarcophagus of the Spouses. The figures have been carved as they were having dinner at a party. The terracotta funerary monument is known to be the most treasured possession of National Etruscan Museum.
Some other profound possessions of National Etruscan Museum include Etruscan-Phoenician Pyrgi Tablets, Apollo of Veii, Cista Ficoroni, Tita Vendia Vase, Sarpedon krater (Euphronios krater”) and Centaur of Vulci. Another piece of art that gains the attention of visitors includes a reconstructed frieze of a Tydeus feeding on the brain of his enemy Melanippus.
The current Google rating for the National Etruscan Museum is 4.4 stars. It is a great place for those who want to learn about the connection and impact of Etruscan civilization on Roman civilizations. It’s a great place for history buffs and art lovers. Besides the collection, interior and architecture of villa is also quite impressive and admired by most of the visitors.