Archaeological Civic Museum

Archaeological Civic Museum

The origins of the Civic Museum of Nepi

The Civic Museum of Nepi sprang from a first collection of historical objects hailing from different part of the Agro Falisco, which were gathered during the eighties. The main intent was to prevent the archaeological traces of tradition from being dispersed.

One of the first hints as to the realization of this project was made in 1992 with an exhibition organized by the Municipality in collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendence of the Southern Etruria. Then, in 1995, what would later become today’s Civic Museum, gradually began to take shape with an early display of all the artefacts which had been spared by time. In 2004, the Museum found its permanent placing in a building right next to the municipal structure.

Museo Civico di Nepi - Periodo falisco
Corredo funerario Museo Di Nepi
Testa di Augusto
Esposizione Rinascimento del Museo di Nepi

The Faliscans

The museum’s itinerary follows in chronological order the history of events which took place in the town of Nepi, starting from prehistory up until the Renaissance. Proceeding parallel with this temporal continuity, the display opens with a number of relics which bear witness to the presence of civilization since prehistoric times.

The itinerary proceeds with the exhibit of different artefacts related to the urban development of the town of Nepi throughout the Faliscan period. The great number of findings rediscovered in the area, make it possible for one to envision the path of development followed by the Faliscan civilization within the thereabouts of Nepi. This material hails in large part from the necropolis surrounding the town-centre. What is more, these relics allow us to understand in what way this small town has in times past played a crucial role in the interaction between Rome and the Agro Falisco.

Most of the grave goods here displayed, are defined by the extensive presence of ceramic material, which is to be linked to the established practice of the Symposium. Many of these artefacts are decorated with engravings which were then filled in with coloured substances, outlining floral and vegetal patterns. These relics all share the material with which they were handcrafted, materials which originate from this territory, in particular, the area surrounding the town of Narce.


The Roman age

The museum’s itinerary proceeds with the display of relics related to the Roman period of the town of Nepi.

Of particular interest among the findings pertaining to this time frame, are the numerous epigraphs and one great full scale model of a columbarium. The reference model is that of the incineration sepulchres, placed within recesses excavated into the walls. The exposition also includes two votive altars, one dedicated to Diana, and the other to Ceres.


The Christian age and the Renaissance

Following straight after is the section illustrating the Christian period. The proximity to Rome has, as a matter of fact, enhanced the Christianization of the town of Nepi which happened in a very short time.

A showcase displays a series of findings uncovered within the catacomb of Santa Savinillla, mostly consisting of monocline oil lamps, which are to be dated to a period between the 4th and the 7th century.

The last section of the Museum is dedicated to the Renaissance, a period of great relevance when concerning the town of Nepi. A number of emblems, retrieved within the Fortress of the Borgia family, testify to the great wealth and influence of this town. One coat of arms, in particular merits special emphasis, as they bear both the emblems of the Borgia family, and of the Napoletan family of Aragona.

Also of note is a marble frieze by the hand of Bernardo Accolti, known as l’Unico. Lastly we should mention a circular commemorative plaque, bearing the emblem of the last lord of Nepi: Pier Luigi Farnese.


Hours and days of opening

Winter time (from 1 october to 31 may).
Tuesday, Wednesday, Tuesday, Friday: 11:00 - 13:00 16:00 - 18:00
Saturday and sunday: 10:00 - 13:00 15:00 - 18:00

Summer time (from 1 june to 30 september). 
Tuesday, Wednesday, Tuesday, Friday: 11:00 - 13:00 16:00 - 18:00
Saturday and sunday: 10:00 - 13:00 16:00 - 19:00

Entry: free



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