New museum space opens Thursday, April 9, 5pm at Museo Archeologico Nazionale, features tomb restored by SACI team of conservators and students


7th century BCE Picenian double tomb from Novilara restored by SACI Conservation Team and students

Thursday, April 9, at 5pm

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze (MAF)
Piazza SS. Annunziata 9b – Florence, Italy

Thursday, April 9, at 5pm, the National Archaeological Museum of Florence (MAF) and the Archaeology Superintendence of Tuscany proudly open a new museum extension. This expanded exhibition space connects two buildings of MAF – one already set up with the findings from the museum collections, and a new area featuring the Etruscan civilization, placed between the best of the Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections, and the Egyptian and Etruscan Museums.

MAFThe monumental garden of the museum, now features reconstructed Etruscan tombs from various periods that will help to better understand the museum’s overall display. It starts from the definition of the archaeological museum as a place to study the history of a civilization, exemplified from that of the Etruscans, while considering insights on the issues of collecting and restoring. The theme continues in the same context, ending with a reflection of the senses that complements the experience of a civilization distant in time.

The Museum offers visitors a multi-sensory path which deepens knowledge in an unconventional way, making an unusual experience – through touch and sound – of ancient civilizations. The exhibits provide concrete examples with a chronological table, which develops in the span of 100 meters of the exhibit, and provides a temporal compass.

Picenian tomb project Novilara before SACI conservation process

Picenian tomb project Novilara before SACI conservation process

SACI students working on the Picenian tomb project Novilara conservation process

SACI students working on the Picenian tomb project Novilara conservation process

One of the newly exhibited artifacts, the Picenian Tomb of Novilara has been studied by: Marina Micozzi (Department of Cultural Heritage at the University of Tuscia), Silvia Gori and R. Settesoldi (freelancers, Florence), and restored under the guidance of Renzo Giachetti, Manuela Nistri, and SACI Conservation instructor, Nora Marosi, with the collaboration of conservation students of Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence. Conservation-restoration was completed with the support of the J.Q. Worthington Foundation, Inc.

Archaeology Superintendence of Tuscany
Office of Communications and Promotion
e-mail:; T: 055-2357717

For more info (in Italian):

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.


  1. that is such great news! Im planning a trip to Italy sometime this year and that has come really handy. certainly will pay them a visit. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Ricardo, your website on anthropology and art history is very impressive. Hopefully you will get to Italy soon!

      • Hello there! Likewise your blog is well worth following. I have it on my WordPress app so I get new updates at hand. Nah just doing my little researches here and there. But thanks!!! Love writing it makes me think! 😄

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