Piazzale Villa Giulia, 9
Tel. +39 06 3201706
Opening hours Open 8:30–19:30 Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays.
Ticket prices €8.00 (€4.00 concessions).
The lovely Villa Giulia was built on the outskirts of the city in 1550, designed as a country retreat for Pope Julius III with which to entertain visiting dignitaries and Royal visitors. Since 1889 it has been home to the national Etruscan museum and contains numerous fascinating artefacts from pre-Roman Latium and Etruria. It includes many objects found at nearby Etruscan and Faliscan sites such as Cerveteri and Veio.
Highlights of the collection
Highlights include the magnificent terracotta double sarcophagus of an Etruscan couple, and the wonderfully modern looking statues of Hercules and Apollo, but there a wealth of other material, making this museum, along with that of Florence, one of the most important collections of Etruscan artefacts in the world. During the summer there are sometimes concerts in the beautiful gardens.
Visiting the Villa Giulia
The museum can be best reached by taking tram number 19 or 3.