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Ferragosto at the Museums 2016

The term Ferragosto comes from the Latin feriae Augusti, the holiday created in 18 BC by the emperor Augustus to celebrate the harvests and the end of the major agricultural work. There is thus no better place to remember the pagan origins of this holiday, marked on the Catholic calendar as the feast of the Assumption, than in a museum or at an archeological site.

At Ferragosto diving into history is even easier today thanks to the special opening of the archeological areas of the MIBACT of Emilia-Romagna - the National Etruscan Museum "Pompeo Aria" in Marzabotto (BO), the Antiquarium and archeological site of Veleia (PC) and the Complex of the Villa Romana in Russi (RA).

What makes Marzabotto, in antiquity Kainua, a unique testimony to the world of Etruscan civilization is its extraordinary conservation – due to the abandonment of this area after the Celtic invasion of this territory – of the original layout of the city, with wide streets that cross orthogonally, dividing the urban space up evenly in line with the canons of Etruscan discipline. A visit to this site winds along, with the badlands in the background, through the remains of the town to the vast plain, the sacred constructions of the acropolis, and the funerary areas just outside the city of the living. The museum, dedicated to Pompeo Aria – organizer of the first nucleus of the collection – contains many artifacts attesting to life in the city, which prospered from the end of the 6th century BC, with many grave goods in the necropoles, the reconstruction of roofs and walls of houses, bronze votive statutes and the head of Kouros, together with other artifacts from nearby areas (the many Etruscan grave goods from Sasso Marconi).



Moving into the area of Piacenza, the monumental remains of the Roman municipium of Veleia are among the most evocative of northern Italy. Nestled in the hills, in a very wonderful natural environment, Veleia revolves around its forum, the square surrounded on three sides by an arcade onto which shops opened up as well as public buildings, and that Lucio Lucilio Prisco, one of the top two local magistrates, paved with sandstone during the reign of Augustus. Visitors can walk among the honorary monuments and the ancient architecture, between the thermal bath building and the residential neighborhoods, and finally visit the little Antiquarium that, besides the molds of the Trajan Tabula Alimentaria and of the Lex de Gallia Cisalpina, contains artifacts that represent the most important moments in the history of Veleia: its Ligurian origins, the building of the main public monuments, the remains of furniture and the lifestyle of private homes, the funeral rituals and the memory of gladiator shows.



For Ferragosto at the Villa Romana in Russi you can take part in the 6th edition of "Le Ferie di Augusto". From 4pm to 7pm (final admission at 6.30pm) there will be guided visits of the archeological site, clay workshops and much more.

This year’s theme is ceramics. Volunteers in period costumes will reenact the traditions and moments of public and private life of the ancient inhabitants of the Villa. Besides historic facts and the various forms of ceramic art, visitors can take part in guided tours of the archeological site and clay workshops for adults and children (and much more).


National Etruscan Museum "Pompeo Aria"
Marzabotto (BO), Via Porrettana Sud 13
Sunday, August 14 and Monday, August 15 the museum will be open from 9am to 6.30pm, the archeological site from 8am to 7pm.

Info 051932353
admission € 3.00

Antiquarium and the archeological site of Veleia
Lugagnano Val d'Arda (PC), Strada Provinciale 14, town of Veleia Romana
Sunday, August 14 and Monday, August 15 open from 9am to 7pm (final admission at 6.30pm).

Info 0523 807113
admission € 2.00

Complex of the Villa Romana in Russi
Russi (RA), Via Fiumazzo
Sunday, August 14 and Monday, August 15 open from 1.30pm to 7pm (final admission at 6.30pm)

Info 0544 587670 (Tuesday and Friday from 10am to 11.30)am or at 338 4016346
Ufficio Informazione Turistica 0544 587671

Admission € 2.00



Archeobologna Beni Culturali


See the website of the Polo Museale dell'Emilia-Romagna for the opening times of the other state run archeological museums.

See the website Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo for national information.

Last modified Aug 08, 2016

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