- Families with younger children
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The Archaeological Museum houses Italy’s most important collection of Etruscan artefacts.
Providing welcome relief after all that Renaissance and Medieval art, Florence’s Archaeological Museum houses a wonderful hoard of ancient art and artefacts that includes the most important Etruscan collection in Italy.
The Etruscan rooms are on the first floor and house several important bronzes: the extraordinary Chimera, dating from the late 5th or early 4th century BC, part lion, goat and snake, the monumental Arringatore or Orator dating from the Hellenistic period and the statue of Minerva.The Egyptian section is also housed on the first floor; among the mummies, statuettes, sarcophagi and vases, look out for the 14th century Hittite chariot made of bone and wood.
One of the most important pieces in the museum, the bronze Idolino, is exhibited on the second floor. This statue of a young man was probably once used as a lamp stand. Its date is uncertain, but the torso is thought to be from the 1st century BC. There’s a superb collection of Attic vases dating from the 6th and 5th centuries BC up here too that includes the famous François Vase, a huge piece made in Athens in 570BC and one of the earliest examples of its kind. It is decorated with some 200 black figure paintings.