The new archeological museum in Feltre opens

The ancient Romans saw Feltre as a hinge between the mountains and the plains. A new archeological museum, developed under the banner of digital interaction, tells its ancient story. The pictures

Feltria environments
Feltria environments

A small rupestrian Venice, at the top of the hill”, Then defined by Anselmo Bucci Feltre in the Corriere della Sera, back in 1955. Feltre, a Venice “limited, strengthened, simplified” and with mountain character, is now enriched with the new Archaeological Museum. The newborn institution is ready to tell the audience of the future about the origins of the city, the special features of its finds, the past full of history. On April 29, 2022, what is in fact an archeological museum, but of a new generation, opens its doors. In fact, it offers an interactive path with video projectors, monitors, speakers. It is also equipped with a digital depth analysis system, which via visitors ‘QR Code connects visitors’ smartphones to a structured web archive. A new destination has been added for lovers of ancient art and archaic beauties, following the recent one opening of Verona National Archaeological Museum and the Roman Esquiline Nymphaeum Museum.

Feltria environments
Feltria environments


An inscription carved over 2000 meters high on Monte Pergol, in the Lagorai chain, certifies the ancient Feltria as municipium competent and connecting point in the valleys between Trento and Belluno. The city, which before the arrival of the Romans was a rhetorical settlement, therefore has a very ancient history. It had one a large territory that made the present Feltre one of the most important centers on the Upper Veneto mainland. When entering the rooms of the new museum, the scenographic parade of Ionic-italic capitals in soft Vicenza stone is surprising. In the second room there is a small statue and some evidence of the refined ornaments from the sumptuous local dwellings, dated between the first century. BC and II AD. Among these the fountain – found in 1926 – which was to refresh the atmosphere of an elegant patrician garden and a Satyr’s head, marked by an enigmatic smile. The head is slightly sloping, the hair is in full locks and divided by a bandage, with a rich fragmentary vegetable crown. The turning of the head was to be justified by the presence of another element, placed to his left, such as a child, a panther, or a cluster of grapes.

Feltre 01/04/2022 © Bergamaschi Marco Museo Feltre finder
Head of a Satyr, Feltre 01/04/2022 © Bergamaschi Marco Museo Feltre finder


But what are the most remarkable and valuable finds at Feltre’s Archaeological Museum? First of all, in the hall of cults, the largest representation of Aesculapius, the god of medicine for all of central-northern Italy. It is a Greek marble statue, with translucent crystals, found during excavations in the cemetery of the cathedral in 1974. Aesculapius bearshimation, the typical Greek cloak that went over the tunic or in contact with bare skin. Then it stands out votivalteret for Anna Perenna, goddess associated with the origin of the city par excellence, Rome. It is believed that she was honored as the female personification of the year and its eternal return. It is a very rare inscription dedicated to “Singular (and ambivalent)” figure of divinity witnessed in Feltre and in the Parioli district of Rome, where recently “A sanctuary was found with a cistern in which archaeologists found about twenty sheets of curses and anthropomorphic figures of organic material in small containers.”
Finally Monument dedicated to Lucius Oclatius Florentinus, a praetorian from Feltre of famous lineage who died at the age of 24, represents an almost unique case of its kind. Because? Has been “Buried twice”, both in Feltre and in the capital of the empire, at the entrance to Via Cassia. Therefore, two monuments have been erected for the same person, which for the first time ever will be found side by side. On the occasion of the opening, the Feltre Museum received an extraordinary loan from Roman Archaeological Museum of the capital. Still, the exhibition itinerary does not end up in the spaces, but unfolds thanks to the in-depth tools provided in the city streets. “Venice of the Dolomites” drawing an archeological map in the open air. Audiences of users can thus relive in the twenty-first century “Cultural richness of a hinge area between mountains and plains”.

– Giorgia Basili

Archaeological Museum at the Citizens’ Museum
Feltre, via Luzzo 23
From April 30 to the whole of May:
Monday to Sunday 10.30-13.00 and 15.00-18.00 – Special and evening openings are planned
Entrance with Totem card giving access to Civic Museum, Rizzarda Gallery, Diocesan Museum, Castle Towers and former prisons
(reduced € 8, whole 10, family 14)

Info and reservations
Aqua srl-firma 327/2562682
[email protected]
Museum Office: 0439/885242

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