The National Archaeological
Museum of Marche
Il Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche
City of Ancona
Ancona, a spur of rock overlooking the sea,
enchants visitors not only with its coastline and its beaches but
because it takes those most curious by the hand and accompanies them
on a journey back in time, where, through archaeological excavations
and finds, it is possible to trace the roots of the region’s
The National Archaeological Museum of Marche, situated close to
Piazza del Senato and the Cathedral of St. Cyriacus at the heart of
the original civic settlement, is housed in the elegant and the
majestic Ferretti Palace, supposedly constructed between 1540 and
1543, to which Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Pellegrino Tibaldi
and even the architect Luigi Vanvitelli contributed.
In this splendid architectural setting the most precious finds from
the Palaeolithic to the Early Middle Ages are kept.
It is a synthesis of historical¬–archaeological knowledge of the
Marchigian region – from the most ancient prehistory to the
threshold of the Romanisation –documented through finds that come
exclusively from excavations.
Moving through the exhibition rooms you will discover numerous
curiosities, and thanks to the modern and straightforward
arrangement, you will be able to follow the user friendly approach
to the finds, understanding their functions, appreciating their
characteristics and even imagining the life of the peoples that
inhabited these lands during the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Picentine
and Roman eras.
It will certainly amaze you to learn that the Picenti used to cook
meat and fish on the ‘grill’ and that they had a type of feeding
bottle for babies.
In addition to objects of everyday use, in the National
Archaeological Museum’s display cabinets you will find marvellous
artefacts like the pebble with the head of a bovid and a feminine
body from Tolentino in the Paeleolithic section or the 25 daggers in
the Ripatransone room dating back to the Bronze Age.
There are some 23 rooms dedicated to the Picentine and Gallic
Civilisations, with numerous funerary dowries at time of great
wealth, including objects from a goldsmith, Attic vases and a
limestone bust of the Warrior of Numana.
The museum’s route continues outside where, directly in front of the
museum on via Ferretti, you have the chance to visit structures that
have recently been brought back into the limelight and the evocative
ruins of the Roman amphitheatre on the dominating hill (on Via
Birarelli, towards the Cathedral of St. Cyriacus)
From on high, sun-kissed by the sunset’s scorching rays, the Gilt
Bronzes from Cartoceto di Pergola (Province of Pesaro and Urbino [a
perfect pair of the famous sculptural group recently returned its
region of origin]) watch over the bay of Ancona’s port, giving
golden reflections to the city’s outline.
Special thanks to:
Municipality of Ancona
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