Getting back in possession of its art treasures is the oil in Italy in crisis

The “safe haven” against the economic crisis is the art of millennia. Italy’s oil is the treasure of archeology. Therefore, it is important that they are reported in their places of origin. This is demonstrated by an extraordinary “repatriation operation”. With which Italy regains a masterpiece ofEtruscan art from the seventh century BC monumental vase decorated with one of the best known episodes of the Odyssey. That is, the glare of Polyphemus by Ulysses and his companions. This treasure of art and history returns to Italy, a Cerveteri, his place of origin. And to offer it now to fertility of the audience is the exhibition “Ulysses Comes Home”. Inaugurated in Cerveteri. At the National Archaeological Museum Cerite. Also open Saturday, May 14th until 22.30 on the occasion of d the evening of the

Unique treasures in the world

According to Istat, the Italian cultural heritage boasts 4,889 museums and similar institutions, public and private. Of these, 4,026 are museums, galleries or collections. 293 archeological sites and parks. And 570 monuments and monumental complexes. Museums and other museum-like exhibition structures registered a record high level of 119 million admissions in 2017 (+ 7.7% compared to 2015). Distributed as follows: 57.8 million museums. 15.5 million archeological sites. 45.8 million monuments. The largest increase concerned the monuments and those archeological sites. Then came the ax of the pandemic. There are 2,371, one in three, the Italian municipalities that host the least a museum-like structure.

All over the territory

It is a widespread heritage throughout the national territory. 1.6 museums or similar institutions per. 100 square kilometers. And about one for every 12,000 inhabitants. The regions with the most museum structures (29% of the total number). Tuscany (528), Emilia-Romagna (482) and Lombardy (409). In the south, on the other hand, more than half of the archeological sites are concentrated (50.8%), 30.7% are located in Sicily and Sardinia. In Rome and Florence there are almost 200 museums, areas and monuments. But also municipalities with less than 2 thousand inhabitants (27.9% of the total number of municipalities) they welcome a large percentage of museum institutions (16.7%). Some of these have up to four or five institutes in their territories. Most museums in Italy exhibit collections of ethnography and anthropology (12.8%). archeology (12.7%). And ancient art (12.3%). Increase the number of structures with monothematic collections of materials (10%). At the presentation conference of the exhibition “Ulysses is coming home” attended by the Director General of the Museums Massimo Osanna. The director of the Archaeological Park of Cerveteri and Tarquinia, Vincenzo Bellelli. The director of The National Roman Museum Stéphane Verger. And the mayor of Cerveteri, Alessio Pascucci.

Art to relaunch Italy

The archeological heritage, therefore, as a lever to relaunch tourism. And to restore oxygen to the economy tested by the Covid crisis and the effects of the war in Ukraine. Back in Italy, in Cerveteri, his probable place of origin, a masterpiece of Etruscan art of the seventh century BC. The monumental vase is decorated in the “white-on-red” technique. With a fabulous story in pictures. The Cyclops is not depicted as a monstrous giant. But as an elegant gentleman sitting on a stool with shapely legs. It used to be in a note New York private collection. And then acquired by the Getty Museum. Now the vase has finally returned to the availability of the Italian cultural heritage. Thanks to the Ministry of Culture. And to the work of the Carabinieri for the protection of cultural heritage. To conducted the investigations together with Oldsagshandel Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York.


The vase, now on display for the first time in Italy, testifies the myth of Ulysses was early popular in Etruria. And the importance of Cerveteri in the ancient Mediterranean. The vase can be admired in the Archaeological Museum of the Cerveteri until the beginning of June. The exhibition is organized by Cerveteri Archaeological Park and Tarquinia. In collaboration with the Directorate-General for Museums. Regional Directorate of Museums of Lazio. Directorate-General for Archeology, Visual Arts and Landscape. The National Roman Museum. Carabinieri Command for cultural heritage protection cultural. Cerveteri municipality.

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