Arezzo, the city of Mecenate and the coral vases
The Archaeological Museum of Arezzo, named after Gaius Cilnius Maecenas, holds one of the most important archaeological collections in Tuscany and, together with the Roman Amphitheatre, tells the story of the city’s millenary origins.
The museum is housed in the rooms of the former monastery of St Bernard, built in the 14th Century and with a singular arching shape as it stands right on the remains of the Amphitheatre of Arretium.
The itinerary unfolds over 26 rooms on two floors: on the ground floor we find artefacts tracing the history of Arezzo, from the Etruscan age to late antiquity, while on the upper floor we find the prehistoric section, themed rooms dedicated to ceramics, glassware and jewellery, bronzes and numismatics, and others related to the collections of illustrious Aretines, such as the Bacci family and the famous archaeologist Gian Francesco Gamurrini.
Among the most significant works in the Etruscan section are the jewellery from the urban necropolis of Poggio del Sole, the painted terracotta that decorated the temples of the city, and the findings from the imposing extra-urban sanctuary of Castelsecco.
The Roman section houses the world’s richest collection of terra sigillata vases, which the ancients called Arretina vasa, popularly known as ‘coral vases’ because of their coral red colour: these are tableware vases produced in Arezzo between the mid-1st century BC and the mid-1st century AD that made the city famous throughout the Roman Empire and beyond.
Other highlights of the museum include a very important Greek crater painted by the famous Attic ceramographer Euphronios, depicting the fight between Hercules and the Amazons, and a Roman medallion with a male portrait in chrysography (graffito on gold and silver foil enclosed by glass plates) dating from the second half of the 3rd century AD, which is one of the finest examples of this technique.
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Museo Archeologico Nazionale Gaio Cilnio Mecenate
Via Margaritone, 10
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from Monday to Saturday / 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sundays and public holidays / 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
First Sunday of the month / 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
January 1, December 25
Museo Archeologico Nazionale
Gaio Cilnio Mecenate
Via Margaritone, 10
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Sunday, 26/11 | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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• The Roman amphitheatre observes the same opening days as the museum but can only be visited until sunset.
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