Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi : Michelin's recommendations
The museum is organised as a chronological trip retracing the various historical periods. The prehistory and protohistory section has fossils and minerals as well as human evidence from the Palaeolithic and Neolithic ages. Mainly there are ceramic objects including a large vase mounted on a very high pedestal typical of Pantalica. The second section is devoted to the Greek colonisation. It evokes the start and the expansion of Greek colonies in Sicily. There is a magnificent decapitated Kouros, in marble, as well as a Goddess nurturing twins. The collection devoted to Syracuse is remarkable for a superb low-relief in multicoloured terracotta which depicts a gorgon and the small bronze horse which is the museum's emblem. The Venus Anadyomen is another masterpiece in the museum. Finally, the last section recalls the secondary colonies and the Hellenic sites. It has attractive anthropomorphic figures including one of a knight on horseback. There is also the large earthenware statue of Demeter and the impressive painted Gorgon's mask. Three wooden archaic statuettes constitute a rare example of the votive art which has almost totally disappeared as a result of the fragility of the materials used.
- Address : Viale Teocrito 66 I - 96100 Siracusa96100Siracusa
- Phone : 0931464022
- Prices : 8 €