National Museum and Archaeological Area of Altino

National Museum and Archaeological Area of Altino

The new museum, recently inaugurated in a typical renovated rural complex, is located in the vast archaeological area where the pre-Roman settlement and then the Roman city of Altinum first developed, on the edge of the northern lagoon of Venice. The current exhibition unfolds within two floors of a former nineteenth-century rice mill following a chronological-thematic itinerary: the sections dedicated to the prehistory of the area and the pre-Roman Altino on the ground floor and the Roman city in its various expressions of daily life , social and economic on the first floor. Pre-Roman remains documenting the birth and development of the city alongside the reconstructions of important Celtic and Romanisation burials are on display for the first time. The section dedicated to horses buried with their harnesses is the only one to recall the value that these animals had among the ancient Venetians.

One section houses the testimonies of the Venetic language, often present on votive offerings, such as for example the pottery used in the rites to document the cults practiced by the ancient Veneti alongside other attestations of devotion. Tools of domestic life, rich ceramic and glass pottery, precious ornaments, alongside the evidence of the various and famous Altinati productions, such as the highly prized wools, as well as the important city monuments illustrate the prosperity of the Roman city. The itinerary will end on the third floor of the building with the section dedicated to Roman funerary customs and traditions and to the Late Antiquity-Early Middle Ages. Outside in the garden of the Museum, five funerary enclosures and two monumental mausoleums will be rebuilt to recall the rich funerary monuments that were found along the consular roads, such as the Annia and the Claudia Augusta. Of exceptional interest will be the exhibition dedicated to the emporic sanctuary found during the works for the construction of the museum, with dedications to the eponymous god Altino, to highlight the important role of commercial port played by the pre-Roman and Roman city.


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Via S. Eliodoro, 56
30020 Quarto d'Altino


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