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MUV - Museum of Villanovan civilitation

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

Phone 051 780021

Date of last update: 16/12/2019, 10:26

The MUV - Museum of Villanovan civilization is located in the places where, between 1853 and 1856, the Bolognese archaeologist Giovanni Gozzadini discovered and identified the first remains of one of the main cultures of the early Iron Age of Italy, to which he attributed the name of " Villanovan", which later became internationally known. With this term is identified a proto-historic culture, which, between the 9th and 7th centuries BC, characterizes Po Valley, central Tyrrhenian Italy and some places in Campania and the northern Adriatic coast.

In the same territories the Etruscan civilization will develop, of which the Villanovan is considered the initial phase.  

On the first floor, the Muv hosts a Villanovan necropolis discovered in Marano di Castenaso in 2007, dated to the 7th century. B.C., with a particular concentration of funerary signs. Of great value is the stone the so-called "Stele delle spade", of great interest for the complexity of the low-relief decoration that characterizes one of the two surfaces.

Next to the stelae are funerary objects related to some of the burials, so as to be able to offer visitors a complete view of both the material characteristics of the tombs, both of the cultural aspects that affect the burial ground of Marano in the historical context of reference. Every funerary kit is exposed in a complete way: not only the biconical cinerary vessels, but also the bronze and ceramic pottery, both for banquets and for daily use. This is combined with objects of personal ornament, such as the characteristic serpentine-arched fibulae and the precious arched fibulae, and the findings strictly related to the role and rank of the dead, such as the elements attributable to the equine trappings.

On the ground floor, the temporary exhibition "Objects from the daily. A day inside a Villanovan village", which exhibits significant finds from the Italian Iron Age, from excavations of inhabited areas and provided to the MUV by several Italian museums.

The visit is completed by the life-size reconstruction of a completely furnished Villanovan hut, which stands in the garden of the MUV.

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.


FULL € 3


  • residents;
  • over 65;
  • 14/18 years;
  • university students (upon presentation of the card);
  • holders of YoungERCard;
  • holders of the Card Cultura;
  • Coop members;
  • groups over 10 people;


  • Disabled
  • under 14 years;
  • teachers, carers, journalists, tour guides, ministry officials BC.

The existing rates for GUIDED TOURS and for EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS remain unchanged.

  • Monday close
  • 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