In the mediaeval monastery of the Augustinian Fathers and adjacent 14th-century church of Sant’Agostino, this is an internationally renowned museum due to the rarity, quality and quantity of artefacts on display. These come from local necropolises dating from the early Iron Age. The artefacts found in the tombs date from between the 10th and 6th centuries BC and include elegant cinerary urns, precious gold and amber jewellery and other items and furniture that are unique in terms of style and preservation. These include weapons, helmets, buckles, ceramics and everyday items in wood, vegetable fibre, colourful wool and cotton clothes and food offerings.
In front of the display cases the visitor have chance to stop and “meet” the Etruscan princes which lived here between the 8th and 7th centuries BC. Effective educational support material helps us to define a character of high lineage whose duties also included a military commitment, as denoted
by the presence of ceremonial arms alongside offensive or defensive arms.
In particular, two tombs of the Lippi necropolis (the most consistently used amongst those from Verucchio) are paradigmatic of the personal objects which accompanied individuals of a princely status, both men and women. The funereal rite, a mine of information on the “identity” of the deceased, offers in these cases an unrivalled ostentation of wealth through objects of grand prestige and value. Think of the wooden thrones (preserved in exceptionally good condition thanks to the chemical composition of the soil).
Further signs of the power and wealth of the “princes” of Verucchio, are the products from the goldsmith, actual jewels of a craftsmanship which reached its peak between the 8th and 7th centuries: gold, worked according to the most advanced techniques of the time, gleams at the visitor from the various belt buckles and surprising earrings! And besides the glass cameos of necklaces and pendants which spreads warm colour, we stumble upon the mythical amber, a gift from the gods as consolation for the death of Fetonte, son of the Sun.
The Museum is part of Route IV - Via Arretina