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Luni National Archaeological Museum

This museum near the ancient mouth of the river Magra is home to many Etruscan and Roman artefacts

Via Luni, 37
The Luni National Archaeological Museum was opened in 1964 with the aim of housing the many historical artefacts found in local archaeological digs. The museum was reorganised in 1981 in order to put more artefacts on display to the public. The museum is near the ancient mouth of the river Magra. This area was a natural landing ground used by the Etruscans and controlled by the Liguri. It was once a Roman military port and after the defeat and deportation of 47 thousand Liguri Apuani in approx. 180BC, it became home to a colony of two thousand Roman citizens. Many centuries ago when the ancient Greeks frequented the port it was dedicated to the goddess Selene. The Romans knew this goddess as Luna and they kept her as protector and patron of the city.

The artefacts on display in the museum include statues, glasses and coins. There is also a section dedicated to sacred architecture and the sanctuary of the goddess Luna, the Grande Tempio, the Temple dedicated to Diana, an epigraph section and an area dedicated to private building works of the domus lunensi. In the archaeological section, visitors can see the mosaic area, the western Domus, the Decumano Massimo (an urban section of the Aurelia road), the portico of the forum, the theatre, and the Christian basilica. The Augustean amphitheatre and evocative mausoleum are through the Eastern Door.

Source: APT Massa Carrara
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