Given its location in Campania (map), close to Pompeii and Herculanium, you'd expect the National Museum of Archeology in Naples to feature loads of interesting artifacts from the Roman era, and it won't fail to please. From the erotic condoned off in the Camera Segretto to the mundane objects of everyday use, this is the best place to go to learn about Italy's past. Stay a while in the area and use the Campania Artecard to save on admissions.
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
Piazza Museo 19, 80135 Napoli
Tel. 0039.081.440166 - Fax 0039.081.440013
National Archaeological Museum Chiusi
The countryside around Chiusi is peppered with Etruscan tombs; you can get a guided tour at certain hours when you visit the museum. This is the place to see Etruscan artifacts, but there's also Greek and Roman remains in the museum as well. Also see the Porsenna Maze, an underground route first dug by the Etruscans that passes under the historic center of Chiusi and ends at a 13th century bell tower, from which there are wonderful views.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9a.m.-2p.m. Sundays and holidays 9a.m.-1p.m.
Taranto National Archaeological Museum
Taranto, nestled in the instep of Italy's boot, was the heart of the Magna Grecia, greater Greece. Spartans settled here to take advantage of Taranto's geographical position. Remarkable for both the quality and quantity of artifacts, the Museum is one of the oldest in Southern Italy.
Corso Umberto I, 42
Greek, Romen, Etruscan and Egyptian relics are found here. I really enjoyed this museum in the heart of Bologna.
Via dell'Archiginnasio 2
Here's where you can see Otzi, the Iceman who was climbing on the Schnalstal glacier where he died and mummified and has provided scientists with a snapshot of what life must have been like 5000 years ago. More about the Iceman
Via Museo /Museumstraße 43
I- 39100 Bolzano/Bozen
Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi - Paolo Orsi Regional Archaeological Museum - Syracuse, Sicily
Named after Paolo Orsi, director of the Museum of Sicily in Syracuse for thirty years, the Syracuse Archaeology museum is an ultra-modern building that contrasts nicely with the antiquities outside, which run from the paleolithic through the Greek, Roman, and early Christian eras of Sicily.
Viale Teocrito 66, In the gardens of the Villa Landolina
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 1pm. Monday and Wednesday 3.30pm to 6.30pm.
Via Accademia delle Scienze 6
Open: 8:30-7:30 Daily
Museo Archeologico di Firenze - Florence Archeological MuseumA museum noted for its Egyptian and Etruscan collections and the building it's all housed in, the 15th century Palazzo della Crocetta.
Via della Colonna, 36
Tel. +39 055 23575
Hours: Monday: 14.00-19.00; Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30-19.00; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 8.30-14.00
Advance Tickets: SelectItaly
Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano di Lipari - Lipari Archaeological MuseumThe obsidian deposits on the volcanic Lipari islands have contributed to an especially large neolithic collection at the archaeological museum of Lipari. The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Normans, and Turks have also visited and throughout history have become part of the heritage of the islands and left their records for us to see.
Via del Castello
Winter Hours Daily: 9.00-13.30 / 15.00-18.00 Summer Hours Daily: 9.00-13.30/ 16.00-19.00. Tel. 090/9880174