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“Bella Bella”

Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia
Ranked #74 of 1,485 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: A beautiful 16th century palace housing a world-famous collection of ancient Roman and Etruscan sculpture and artifacts.
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Bella Bella”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

Amazing tombs and faces..set in lovely grounds..40 rooms to see..fab art..wheelchair friendly..the famous banquet tomb was marvellous..wonderful pots and artefacts..

Visited May 2014
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“Excellent Etruscan Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

It houses the many items that have been excavated from tombs found in the countryside surrounding the City of Rome. Personal effects of Etruscan citizens (jewelry, weaponry, household items, artifacts crafted for burial, bronze hardware from horse bridles, etc.) along with sarcophagi, mosaics, statues and - as another reviewer mentioned below - the actual walls from tombs further down on the basement level.

It is true that some of the items have placards solely in Italian but in one of the larger wings, there were explanations in both Italian and English. There are also photos on the wall of the excavation sites (for example, Vulci) and info explaining where the tombs were found, who arranged for/funded the excavations, some of the symbolism of the items, and so forth.

The exhibits themselves are orderly and arranged in an interesting fashion and give a fascinating glimpse into the course of civilization and its activities around Rome. From the info this museum gives, it is easy to visualize daily life and get a sense of the rituals, celebrations, and interactions of the people.

There was no audio available, nor was there a restaurant. However, there is a cafe restaurant attached to the Museum of Modern Art (outside and up some stairs to the left of it's front door), which was about a 10-15 minute walk around the perimeter of the grounds (exit the Etruscan Museum's front entrance and go around to the right along that street).

Also, if you manage to get a ticket, the Galleria Borghese is within walking distance (up the street past the Museum of Modern Art).

Visited May 2014
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Lots of artifacts but not very interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

We've been to Greece and this museum looks just like all the Etruscan pots and vases that we saw there. Not very interestingly displayed, just vase after vase. The gardens were beautiful. This museum is hard to find on the outer most edge of the Bourgese Gardens and not worth the walk.

Visited April 2014
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Berlin, Germany
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“History from before history we know”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

DO not forget to see Villa Giulia and its collections! We saw really impacting pieces of art and life...long , long ago. I did not know about to not take pictures, and ...I have some.

Visited April 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Great place to admire Etruscan art.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

This museum is rich and full of splendid works of art. The villa Giulia is a little bit away from the central area of Rome but is well worth the detour. The museum is very educational and well organized. Unfortunately, you can not take pictures, but the memories will last forever!

Visited February 2014
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