Museo Etrusco Guarnacci

Museo Etrusco Guarnacci information

Volterra , Italy
Via Don Minzoni 15
adult/student €8/6
Opening hours
9am-7pm mid-Mar–Oct, 10am-4.30pm Nov–mid-Mar
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One of Italy's most impressive collections of Etruscan artefacts is exhibited here. These were unearthed locally and include a vast collection of some 600 funerary urns carved mainly from alabaster and tufa and displayed according to subject and period. The best examples (those dating from later periods) are on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Highlights include the Urn of the Sposi, a strikingly realistic terracotta rendering of an elderly couple; a crested helmet excavated from the Tomba del Guernero at nearby Poggio alle Croci; and the L'Ombra della Sera (Shadow of the Evening), an elongated bronze nude figurine that bears a striking resemblance to the work of the Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti.