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Museo Claudio Faina

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Address: Piazza del Duomo 29, 05018, Orvieto, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 0763 341511
09:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Museum "Claudio Faina" of Orvieto is one of the more...

The Museum "Claudio Faina" of Orvieto is one of the more important Italian archaeological collections. It was put together by the Counts Mauro and Eugenio Faina between the 1860s and 1880s. It includes a coin cabinet composed of more than three thousand coins, prehistoric and protohistoric finds, buccheri, Etruscan figured pottery, bronzes, jewelry. The Attic black-figure and red-figure pottery, attributed to some of the greatest ceramists active in Athens at the time, is exceptional. The ground floor houses the Museo Civico, which exhibits the antiques collected during the nineteenth century by the City of Orvieto such as the "Venus" of Cannicella, the cippus in the shape of the head of a warrior, and the sculptural decoration of the pediment of the Temple of Belvedere. The museum is located right opposite the Cathedral of Orvieto.

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etruscan pottery

I am not an art expert so I was very impressed by the similarity of Greek and Etruscan pottery. You can find hundreds of ancient pottery, but also jewellery etc. in an excellent... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2016
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Valley Springs, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a museum dedicated to the remarkable contributions to the publically-accessable store of Etruscian artifacts made by a prominent family. The articacts are arranged in a manner calculated to depict that story, rather than any sort of introduction to Etruscian studies. It is an interesting story with tantalizing glimpses into the life of a well-to-do family from the belle... More 

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Reviewed 12 November 2016

I am not an art expert so I was very impressed by the similarity of Greek and Etruscan pottery. You can find hundreds of ancient pottery, but also jewellery etc. in an excellent state.

Thank RomaRenato
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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

As you walk through the different rooms with exhibits in make sure you look up at the ceilings, some are very impressive

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

This museum is directly facing the cathedral with wonderful views from the first and second floors. For me the highlights of the exhibition were the Attic black-figure and red-figure vases but all the artefacts are of interest with a reasonable amount of information in English. Worth a visit for the views alone.

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

We visited using our Orvieto City Pass. This is a lovely museum with lots of artefacts extremely well presented with a lot of information in English (which helps). A lot of the exhibits came from the Etruscan Necropolis just below Orvieto, and everything fits into place if you had already visited the necropolis. We spent about an hour in the... More 

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Hibbing, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Part of the Orvieto city pass, if you have time, give a look! We were in a hurry on our last day, but we popped in and spent maybe 30 minutes inside. The collection includes Greek and Etruscan vases, sarcophagi, gorgeous Etruscan jewelry (the highlight for me), Roman coins, paintings, among many other things. The building itself is something to... More 

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Reviewed 10 August 2016

Guided by our guide book (as you'd expect us to be) we chose this museum over the National Archeological. It was fine and has a healthy collection of Etruscan ceramics. Next day we decided to give the Archeological Museum a go- and its collection was altogether more extensive, with a much wider range of artefacts. This was a fine collection,... More 

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Reviewed 17 May 2016

Much of the attention of the museum is devoted to the benefactors who promoted its existence. A few treasures, a Venus for example, are here plus a number of very old ceramic ware from the 8th or 9th century BC and many coins and Greek style vases and other pottery.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

Well-presented Etruscan artifacts and in particular some very fine pottery. Translations of display cards into English is always helpful. Absolutely empty when we visited in the late afternoon. Also visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale across Piazza Duomo

Thank Hilarywears
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Reviewed 9 November 2015

I have made Etruscan life the theme of my holiday, and thoroughly enjoyed this museum. First the entrance fee was very reasonable, and the receptionist was very pleasant. Then I watched an audio-visual presentation - although it was in Italian, I understood key phrases and there was the occasional sub-title with dates. I went through the three floors successively, impressed... More 

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