Pompeo Aria National Etruscan Museum & Archaeological area of Pian di Misano

Marzabotto - Via Porrettana Sud, 13

Pompeo Aria National Etruscan Museum & Archaeological area of Pian di Misano


Entry price: € 2.00
Reduced 1 € between 18 and 25 years. Free for under 18 and over 65 years, for journalists and for particular categories of students or teachers


Always open
Archaeological Area: Apr to Oct every 8-19 days. Nov to Mar daily 8-17.30 Museum: Apr to Oct Tuesday-Sunday 9-13 / 15-18.30. Nov to Mar 31 Tuesday-Sunday 9-13 / 14-17.30


Telephone: +39 051 932353
FAX: +39 051 932353
INFOLINE: +39 051 2097715

The “Pompeo Aria” National Etruscan Museum
Around the middle of the XIX century, a VI century BC Etruscan settlement was discovered in this area; excavations led to the creation of an important collection that the owners, the Aria family, donated to the Italian state in 1933 together with the land on which the items where found. ?Sadly, the war hit very harshly the area of Marzabotto and the newly built museum was destroyed. This second museum, restarted in the ‘50s, gathers what’s left of the original collection together with the findings excavated over the past decades. ?The excavation area can also be visited; this includes roads, settlements and the acropolis with the remains of five sacred public buildings used around the V century BC.

Archaeological area of Pian di Misano
In 1831 Mr G. Aria bought these lands in Pian di Misano; since then archaeological findings started to be discovered and collected, after being unearthed by farmers.?In 1933 the archaeological area of Marzabotto and its collection were bought by the Italian State. ?After about a century since the earliest excavations, in 1988 the archaeological council of the region and the department of archaeology of the University of Bologna started new excavations.
In ancient times, the valley of the Reno river was the main route between the plains and Tuscany, through the Apennines. The Etruscans travelled and traded along these routes for centuries; Marzabotto was established here around the middle of the VI century BC. The town’s origins are embedded in this trading vocation; indeed, the valley linked two communities of Etruscans, those around Bologna and those on the Tirreno sea. Metal handicraft was especially important in the area.

Source: local Staff Appennino Bolognese


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