Rome has such a multitude of historical and archeaological attractions to offer, that itâ€™s quite difficult to decide which to go see, besides the most obvious ones such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Pantheon and Piazza Navonaâ€¦ Donâ€™t forget that the local history is more than just the ancient Roman Empire: there was a highly developed civilisation in the region of Lazio much before the Romans: the mysterious Etruscans!
What do you really know of the Etruscans? Maybe not all that much..? Well, then the place to go, when in Rome, is the Museo Etrusco of Villa Giulia, which houses many of the most significant archaeological findings on Etruscans.
Some of the most precious and interesting objects of the museum are the bilingual (Etruscan-phoenician) golden plates with an inscription dedicated to a goddess. Other main attractions are the contents of the so-called â€œWarriorâ€™s tombâ€? (from the 6th century BC), the â€œSarcophagus of the Spousesâ€? â€“ a magnificent statue discovered in the Etruscan necropolis of Cerveteri and the famous statue of Apollo, the â€œApollo of Veiiâ€?. This statue of the 6th century BC, representing Apollo with the tipical mysterious “Etruscan smile” on his lips used to adorn a temple in the Etruscan city of Veii and it is considered the greatest piece of Etruscan art conserved to our days.
The building itself is another object of interest: it was constructed in the 16th century for the humanist pope Julius III with the participance of for example Giorgio Vasari and Michelangelo and is a beautiful example of the manieristic architecture.
The museum of Villa Giulia is located in the area of Valle Giulia, and to get there you can take the trams 3 (from Trastevere or the metro B stops of â€œColosseoâ€? or â€œPiramideâ€?) or the tram number 19 from Porta Maggiore. For additional information on the museum or to book your tickets on line, you can use the â€œTicketeriaâ€?-service. At the museum you can rent an acoustic guide for an additional fee. Reduced tickets are available to European Union citicens under 25 years of age.