National Etruscan Museum “Pompeo Aria” – Marzabotto

The museum is directly connected to the huge archaeological site constituted by the urban settlement of Pian di Misano and the Misanello acropolis. The ancient town of Marzabotto, founded in the Reno valley on the huge plain on which the modern museum building now stands, is an exceptional example of an Etruscan urban settlement, whose layout is still perfectly legible in each of its basic components.

The museum’s origins lie in the collection commenced around 1831 by the Aria family, who owned the land in the area of the Etruscan town. In its current form it houses the many materials found during digs at the site, together with various archaeological finds documenting the urban fabric of the middle Reno valley in the period between prehistory and the Roman age.

In particular, the life of the ancient town is illustrated by a series of maps reconstructing the various aspects of the settlement: from the religious frequentation of the acropolis and urban sanctuary dedicated to the cult of water to the architectural structure of private homes, domestic furnishing and the organisation of workshops and production facilities. Finally, there are many objects associated with Etruscan funerary customs, which belonged to grave goods found in various nearby locations.