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MUSEUMS IN SURROUNDING TOWNS
 
"FARNESE family" COSTUME MUSEUM - GRADOLI

A collection of clothes and accessories that tell the story of fashion in this area between the 15th and 17th Century, for both nobles and common folk.
Together with the arms and weapons of the time. Central to the museum is a series of costumes copied from the frescoes in the Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola, depicting the marriage of Ottavio Farnese and Margherita d' Austria, celebrated by the Farnese pope, Pope Paul III. A large assortment of accessories can also be seen: lingerie, jewels, hats, gloves, bags and fans.

In a separate section you can see the tools and materials used to work hemp and wool: looms, spindles, bobbins and creels, scissors…
The museum also holds a collection of pottery typical of the area and dating from the 15th to the 17th Centuries.





MUSEUM OF PREHISTORY - VALENTANO

The items are arranged so that you pass through the various stages of man's presence in the area, especially during the Prehistoric period, followed by the Etruscans and Romans, the Longobards, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, right up to the present day. Of note, the Gamelio d'Amore (a ceramic plate commissioned to celebrate the wedding between Pier Luigi Farnese and Gerolama Orsini of Pitigliano (1488).

Panels, models, re-constructions and videos help make this an enjoyable experience.
Visits start in the centre of the courtyard called the Cortile d'Amore (the courtyard of love) of Rocca Farnese, the castle (now a civic centre) where members of this important family lived from the late 1400s to 1649. The Rocca also contains a typical Italian garden from the 1400s and a painting dated 1750 depicting the Stairway to Heaven.


Gamelio d'Amore



MUSEUM OF THE LAND - LATERA

The museum contains all those objects and instruments used to farm the land and connected activities over the centuries. Agricultural tools, those used by blacksmiths, carpenters, tanners and household objects.

Upstairs you can get an idea of the religious festivals, local fairs, games, stories, proverbs, songs and other aspects of everyday life. These are "narrated" by the people themselves, through videos, recordings and photos. Plus there are old trunks and boxes, typical of an attic taking you back to the end of the 1800s. Outside, the vineyard, the orchard, the Mediterranean scrub, the ancient trees (oak, olive, chestnut), the typical kitchen garden before and after the Christopher Columbus discovered America, the herbs and medicinal plants and the huge farm machinery of the early 1900s.







CIVIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM - ISCHIA DI CASTRO

This museum contains various Etruscan and Roman finds from the area of Castro. Worth seeing are the funereal artefacts from the "Civiltà di Rinaldone" and the Etruscan sculptures from the local tombs.
Also exhibited, six frescoes dating back to the 13th Century from the Eremo di Poggio Conte.







Monuments and museums in Arlena di Castro, Canino, Cellere, Farnese, Montalto di Castro, Piansano, Tarquinia, Tessennano, Tuscania and Vulci.