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Museum
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Museum
The archeological museum of Civitavecchia is housed in an eighteenth century building that belonged to Clemente XIII, and was built to house the headquarters of the papal garrison. Here we have archeological findings from the town of Centumcellae (ancient name of Civitavecchia) and from the entire territory, as well as the immediate surrounding area.
The museum occupies three floors, the last of which functions as a restoration laboratory.
On the ground floor, amongst findings of particular archeological-historical interest, there is a statue of Apollo (1st century D.C.) found during excavations carried out in the modern villa Simonetti of Santa Marinella, the presumed summer residence of the legal consultant Ulpiano; recent studies have determined that the statue is a recent reproduction of the so-called Colossus of Rhodes.


There is another statue of particular importance, always from Ulpiano's villa, that corresponds to a new copy of the Athena Parthenos of Fidia (the head of which is now on exhibit at the Louver museum) that dates back to the II century D.C.
There are several marble heads on display in the center of the room, one of which represents the emperor Marco Aurelio in his youth.
In an adjacent small room there are epigraphs on display from various that come from various locations.
By climbing the spiral staircase to the first floor of the museum there are various pieces or ceramics and bronze outlying centers, not only those centers belonging to the municipality of Civitavecchia but also Tolfa, Allumiere, Luni sul Mignone and Santa Severa.
Particularly worthy of mention are various glass amongst which an imprinted chalice (VII century BC), a beautiful balming towel with picture of two women, one kneeling in front of the other, of Egyptian origin (VI century BC), various black ceramic vases (IV century BC). With regard to metal crafts, there is a display of various objects such as a highly refined bronze ring and a gold ear ring.
On the second floor you can admire materials from various locations, even from areas outside Civitavecchia, divided into class of material and by distinct chronological order.
The first sector of the hall displays findings from the Villanova era; while amongst the items that make the trousseau there is a biconical ossuary and a hut shaped one, both from the VII century BC.
Amongst the numerous bronze objects, the most important is a series of fibulas, some engraved mirrors a beautiful helmet.
Furthermore, there is a collection of ceramics that come from the territory of Cerveteri (VII century BC); also very interesting is a series of black and red figurine vases of Attic importation.
Lastly, it is possible to admire a collection of medieval ceramics, uncovered in the area around the fortress, attributed to the work of the Bramante.

The Archeological Museum of Civitavecchia
Largo Cavour, 1
00053 Civitavecchia (RM)
Tel. 0766/23604
Opening hours:
From Tuesday to Sunday 8:30 - 19:30.
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