Save time for Orvieto’s Etruscan Museum
by Stefania Bufano
There’s so much to see when you’re visiting the medieval Umbrian town of Orvieto, that you may forget to stop by the Fondazione Museo Claudio Faina, but that would be a mistake.
This museum, which houses both the collection of the Faina Counts and Orvieto’s civic collection, is most impressive for its Etruscan objects – this is after all, one of the regions most associated with Etruscan civilization. But there are also impressive items from Ancient Greece and Rome.
And the noble home with its frescoed rooms in which the collection is held – just across the piazza from Orvieto’s impressive Duomo, and boasting spectacular views onto the Duomo’s 14th century mosaic facade – is worth the price of admission alone.
Conte Claudio Faina (1875-1954) seems to have been an obsessive collector of Etruscan artifacts.
Many are from nearby Etruscan tombs, but it seems he also had close ties to…
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