Agriturismo in Umbria


National Archaeology Museum of Umbria

Organized into two sections, prehistoric and Etruscan-Roman, the museum has been housed since 1948 in the architectural complex of San Domenico. From the cloister, one of the town’s largest and most remarkable, it is possible to see the powerful bell tower of the church. Under the portico are preserved stone materials, in particular Perugian cinerary urns.

Most of the collections come from 19th-century excavations, to which some important acquisitions are owed, such as the sarcophagus, called “dello Sperandio”, the Cippus of Perugia, and the archaic bronzes of Castel S.Mariano, unfortunately largely abroad. During this period Perugia made a name for itself as an important center of archaeological studies, in particular Etruscan studies. The various scholars, who during the century succeeded one another in managing the museum, continued to enrich it with materials coming from the necropolises throughout the Perugian territory.

A large number of prehistoric finds, owing to the acquisition of a private collection and to excavation campaigns, increased the size of the museum starting in the early 20th century.

In 1957 the collections, already enriched by numerous state-owned materials, were donated by the Municipality to the State, which took over the management of the museum.


Etruscan section

The itinerary starts in the upper loggia of the cloister, where there are a series of cinerary urns and other stone materials coming from the territory around Perugia. From here, we enter a room holding the large bronze statue, found at Amelia, depicting Germanicus. The itinerary also comprises several interesting objects from the Guardabassi Collection, consisting of buccheri (black clay articles), bronze objects, a collection of gems and miniature jewelry, before unwinding through the eleven following rooms.

The large funerary stele, with a combat scene between two warriors, and the sarcophagus, showing a procession, are effective examples of sandstone production during the archaic age (6th century BC).

Considered among the most important works of archaic Etruscan bronze work, the embossed laminae of Castel San Mariano were probably used as rich coverings of wood materials, in particular parade carriages. From the same princely tomb, found in the early part of the last century, come other materials, which today are scattered around in various collections.

The various Perugian necropolises are represented by fittings consisting of pottery, weapons, kottabos cups, bronze utensils, mirrors, and jewelry.

The large travertine cippus, with its long, 24-line inscription, is a fundamental specimen of the Etrusan language.


(Towns of production)

Landscape/monument type