Museo Archeologico Nazionale 'Gaio Cilnio Mecenate'

Museo Archeologico Nazionale 'Gaio Cilnio Mecenate' information

Arezzo , Italy
Via Margaritone 10
adult/reduced/child €6/3/free
Opening hours
8.30am-7.30pm early Mar–mid Jan, to 2pm mid-Jan–early Mar
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Overlooking the remains of a Roman amphitheatre that once seated up to 10,000 spectators, this museum in a 14th-century convent building has a sizeable collection of Etruscan and Roman artefacts. The highlight is the Cratere di Euphronios, a large 6th-century-BC Etruscan vase decorated with vivid scenes showing Hercules in battle. It's in Room 6, upstairs.

Also of note is an exquisite tiny portrait of a bearded man; it's executed in chrysography, where a very fine sheet of gold is engraved and then encased between two pieces of glass. This dates from the second half of the 3rd century AD and can be found in Room 2, upstairs.