The museum is situated a little outside the city centre and parking is not easy, but the visit is well worth the trouble. The displays, which range from prehistorical times to the present day are well presented and the museum is air-conditioned, which makes the visit even more pleasant. Since the museum is a former monastery, the halls are arranged around cloisters, and the churches and chapels are maintained with their original frescoes, biblical scenes and saints' lives. Visitors are given a folder map allowing them to orient themselves without missing anything. A useful precaution even though there are two "tracks" to be followed (History of the Monastery and Works of Art). The small N. S. in Solario chapel could otherwise be missed, whereas it is here that one of the museum's highlights, the Cross of Desiderius, can be seen.
The Roman section displays well-preserved artefacts (in glass, notably) and sports a platform across the various houses, of which the floors and about one metre of the walls have been preserved and / or reconstructed. The impression of actually walking through a Roman town may not be as strong as in Pompeii or Ampurias, but even so, one does experience a certain closeness, all the more since the explanations (in Italian and English) clearly highlight the role, function and structure of each building.
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