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MUV - Museum and documentation centre of Villanovan culture

Ex Fienile di Casa Sant' Anna Via Tosarelli, 191 - 40055 Castenaso (BO)

Phone 051 780021

Date of last update: 24/10/2018, 10:36

The MUV - museum and documentation centre of Villanovan culture is located in the former barn of the Casa Sant'Anna estate in Villanova di Castenaso, in the very spot where between 1853 and 1856 the Bolognese archaeologist Count Giovanni Gozzadini unearthed and identified relics from the earliest and previously undocumented phase of Etruscan civilization.

It was Gozzadini who coined the term Villanovan to designate this phase, which lasted from the beginning of the first millennium BCE (i.e. the Iron Age) to the final decades of the 7th century BCE.

The MUV's collections include a significant number of artefacts unearthed during excavations in Marano di Castenaso. Among these are the grave goods of numerous tombs, whose occupants were presumably nobles, to judge by the exceptional refinement of the goods, and warriors.

The museum has a section dedicated to the monumental stelae discovered in the burial ground of Marano. There are 8 stelae in all, of sandstone or limestone. Some are of the proto-Felsinean type, their oblong bodies topped by a disk, with intricate figured decoration in low relief.
Especially remarkable is the "Stele of the Swords", which is totally unique among Villanovan stelae unearthed to date: it depicts a duel between two warriors, and is surmounted by a disk with a lion and geometric figures.

The museum offers audio guides, video installations and interactive learning stations to bring the lives and rites of Villanovan culture vividly to life.

By car:
From the A1 and A14, exit at San Lazzaro, take the ring road and take exit No. 12.
Follow the signs to Castenaso. Take Via Villanova continuing to the intersection with Via Golinelli

By bus
From the center: line 89, stop at Villanova Golinelli
From Lugo-Medicina-Budrio-Castenaso: line 99, stop at Villanova

By train
From Central Station, at "piazzale est", take the suburban train towards Portomaggiore, stop Villanova.
Walk (5-7 minutes) throughout Via Cairoli till the intersection with Via Tosarelli. Cross the road and go straight on Via Golinelli. Turn left until you have the MUV to your left.


  • €3 full rate
  • €2 reduced rate
  • free for entitled people

  • Tuesday 3.30-6.30 pm
  • Wednesday - Saturday 9 am-1 pm
  • Sunday 3.30-6.30 pm
  • On Tuesday is open from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm on request: please call +39 051 6059125

MUV is closed on January 1st, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, December 25th, December 26th - July and August