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Etruscans at Villa Giulia

Near the Borghese gardens, the Villa Giulia is a mid-16th century villa, built for Pope Julius III on land that was then still on the rural edge of the city.
Never a papal residence, it was used as a place to escape to, for daytime visits only.

Publicly owned since 1887, today it houses the National Museum of the Etruscans, an impressive collection of art and artefacts from the race of local
people whose presence pre-dated that of the Romans - and of various others (see notes to 2nd photo).

Regrettably, in 2012 as in 2000, photography is forbidden within the exhibition rooms, so I can only show you the stuff on display in the grounds.
For more of an idea of what they've got, the official website - in Italian only - is __ http://www.villagiulia.beniculturali.it/

We particularly enjoyed the room of "real" and reproduction items that traced the development of ancient jewellery - finely crafted from gold and other precious materials.
Main entrance to the Villa
Main entrance to the Villa
Reorganisation
Reorganisation
Private gardens
Private gardens
Looking back at the rear of the villa
Looking back at the rear of the villa
Unofficial conferring
Unofficial conferring
Gorgeously decorated corridors
Gorgeously decorated corridors
From an earlier visit
From an earlier visit
Fountain at far end of the gardens
Fountain at far end of the gardens
Nymphaeum - one direction
Nymphaeum - one direction
Nymphaeum in the other direction
Nymphaeum in the other direction
Nymphaeum mosaic
Nymphaeum mosaic
Nymphaeum mosaic
Nymphaeum mosaic
Nymphaeum mosaic
Nymphaeum mosaic
Reconstructed Etruscan temple
Reconstructed Etruscan temple
t2%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f147684947.gDxrbjkn.jpg Earlier !
Earlier !
Temple roof detail
Temple roof detail
Statuary etc
Statuary etc
t2%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f147684945.S5xTf5EI.jpg Sacrophagus detail
Sacrophagus detail
Sacrophagus detail
Sacrophagus detail
Sacrophagus detail
Sacrophagus detail