National Archaeological Museum of Spoleto


in short

The Archaeological Museum of Spoleto occupies the former monastery of Sant’Agata. This monumental complex is built over the structures of the Roman theater, and part of the theater’s materials and walls were used in the monastery’s construction.
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Spoleto
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National Archaeological Museum of Spoleto

in detail

The museum documents the history of the town and surrounding area through permanent exhibits, which display materials both from recent excavations as well as from the civic collection. Fragments of materials attributable to the late Bronze Age found inside the town define the original nucleus around which the urban settlement of Spoleto developed. The Roman period is represented by marble busts and inscriptions, together with photographs documenting the principal remains of monuments found inside the town.
One section is dedicated to the use and organization of the territory following the founding of the Latin colony in 241 BC, documenting the vast project for dividing the cultivable land into parcels assigned to colonists and the systematic consecration to the gods of the areas of the surrounding woods. Of exceptional interest in this regard are two inscribed stones from the late 3rd cent. BC, which stand as legal and linguistic documents of fundamental importance, as they are two different variants of a law for the protection of these sacred woods (Lex Luci Spoletina).
The second floor of the museum is dedicated to the Valnerina, an area closely related to Spoleto economically and culturally. The oldest periods are represented by findings from the protohistoric Monteleone di Spoleto necropolis at Colle del Capitano. Numerous votive materials, mainly small bronzes characteristic of Umbrian cultural areas, come from sanctuaries found in Monteleone di Spoleto and in Montefranco. Some anatomic votive terracottas are a sign of the Roman influence and of the continuing of worship in the sanctuaries, even after being Romanized. The funerary objects, mainly black varnish pottery, found in the late 1800s in the Santa Scolastica necropolis near Norcia are from the Hellenistic Age. In one tomb with several chambers a large number of fragments were found from the decoration of a carved bone burial couch.
The Canzio Sapori collection is on exhibit in a small section. Donated to the State in 2001, this collection includes numerous and important artifacts and materials mainly from the Valnerina and the area around Spoleto. Among these are a ceramic cinerary urn with geometric decoration from Ponte di Cerreto and an excellent Late Republican male bust from Ferentillo.
Ex Monastero di Sant'Agata
Resulting from the transformation of the pre-existing residences belonged to Corvi family ( 1395), afterward modified, the Benedectine Monastery maintains the severe semblance characteristic of the fortified buildings.
Inside, there is a beautiful cloister dated back to '500, erected over brick pillars; the church, with portico reportable to the original building, is instead erected over the medieval substructures, which invade the scaena of the Roman theatre.
Inside, are still visible the evidences of some frescoes dated to XIII century.
In what was the monastery has been located the Archaeological Museum, with many findings and materials mostly of the Roman period, the majority of which come from the territory surrounding Spoleto.
From the Museum there's the access to the Roman Theatre.
Ingresso: 4 € Admission: 4 €
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Visitor entrance

Ex Monastero di Sant'Agata
Via Sant'Agata 1
06049 Spoleto
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Opening Times

08:30 - 19:30
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