Museo Nazionale dell'Alto Medioevo

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Museo Nazionale dell'Alto Medioevo

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Neighborhood: EUR
How to get there
  • EUR Fermi • 5 min walk
  • EUR Palasport • 8 min walk
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78 reviews
Very good

La Spezia, Italy25 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
I am living in Rome for one year now and while I struggle adapting to a big city, I still have the curiosity to sightsee. The early middle age museum is (another) an amazing surprise.
The transformation of the ancient world, the history of the Lombardi. You will see 1000 year old mosaics, copt materials, jewelry, weapons, etc.
It is out of the normal touristic routes but it is worth a visit especially if you want to fill the gap between ancient romans and renaissance.
Written January 6, 2015
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Slovenia28 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
This is one of the museums rarely visited by tourists, but would be well worth your time if you have any interest into the early medieval period. The permanent display focuses primarily on archaeological material from the 7th and 8th centuries, when control over Italy was largely divided between the Lombards and the Byzantine empire.

The displays contain a number of excellent finds, e.g. pattern-welded swords, jewellery, bits of armour, metalwork, etc. Maybe a bit too specialized for the average tourist, but any history buff with an interest into the 'Dark Ages' could easily keep himself occupied for an hour or so. There is no bookshop or cafeteria, though.

The museum itself is not particularly large and does not seem to attract many visitors. It is situated in the EUR district a few kilometers south of the city center, reached fairly easily by metro - the stop at EUR Palasport may be the most convenient.

Also, note there are two other large museums very close by (Prehistory and Ethnography and Folk Arts & Traditions). Two more good reasons to justify a relatively long trip to the EUR if you are into that sort of thing.
Written May 29, 2016
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William Corpsutler
Ercolano, Italy76 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
This is a hidden jem of Rome history museums - off the tourist map. Located next to two other museums in a 1930's massive complext of buildings. All museums can be visited with one ticket 10 euro. This one focus's is on the medival period 5th to 10th century with the contents of burials. Plus a fabric section from 6th to 8tth century.There is a great resturant located on the site so between miseums you can recharge at resonable prices and excellent food. Its great a worth the bus trip.
Written September 15, 2019
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Florence, Italy10,941 contributions
Nov 2013 • Business
The works on display in this Museum are valuable. Even just kits coming from the Lombard necropolis dug in Marches and Umbria would be enough to make worthy of a visit a museum of this kind in any city of medium importance. In addition, there is the large reception room (late fourth century A. C.), recontructed in its original size, of a noble mansion from Ostia: this room shows its wonderful decoration in colored stones ("opus sectile"), so amazing: the most memorable of the Museum.
The problem is that we aren't in a city of medium importance, but in the capital city of Italy. So a Rome museum which is defined "National" and regards "High Middle Ages" in general, seems to promise even more than that it contains (which anyway isn't little)..
But the biggest weakness in my opinion is the almost total neglect for non-Italian speakers (a feature shared with many other museums in Italy). It 's true that a foreign traveler visiting Rome for the first time, probably will not pay attention to this museum, but the second or third time maybe he could want to visit it, and because of the almost total lack of English captions he can't do it effectively. The more, because there isn't (as far I know) any guidebook about this museum.
Written November 30, 2013
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Palmer, AK182 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
Because this museum is 'out of the way' and a little difficult to find, it isn't for first time visitors to Rome or for people with very little time. Having said that, we found it a hidden treasure. It is in a separate section of the Museum of Prehistory and 3 to 4 blocks from the EUR Fermi metro stop. Use internet maps to scout your route.

The Middle Ages Museum is a small museum on the European 1st floor. It has a number of kind-of interesting items at the beginning of the displays. There are also some beautifully woven pieces of cloth just wonderfully displayed. Eventually you'll come to a nondescript room with a glass-topped case containing numbered compartments with different colored stones. on the wall behind the table is a map of the Roman Empire with numbers scattered thru-out the empire. Do look more carefully at the map showing the quarrying location of those stones than we did. You'll appreciate the next exhibit much better if you do. Follow a narrow dark passage into a 'treasure' room where you can feast your eyes! It is a reassembly of a room taken from Ancient Ostia after the 4th century when Ostia had become an 'escape' from the heat of Rome as Portus had superceded it as Rome's harbor. This little room was incased in intricate designs, patterns, and pictures in stone imported from all over the empire. Of course the mosaics are not complete but complete enough to understand how lovely this room would have been. Since we were the only ones there, we just sat on benches provided and looked our fill. A lovely little treasure.
Written May 13, 2014
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Malta23 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
I got to know of this museum in the EUR area of Rome through a tip from a friend as otherwise it is not that easy to find. The collection within is interesting and worth visiting. The focus is mainly on the part of the middle ages following the fall of the Roman Empire up til roughly the early 14th century at most.

The museum is well explained however the information panels are almost exclusively in Italian and I am not aware of an audio guide as I was not offered one at the entrance. I was in a way lucky to be fluent in Italian so I could follow what was written. I could imagine non Italian speakers having a though time understanding most of the artefacts.

In a nutshell, the museum is worth visiting but can be improved with a little more effort.
Written May 7, 2019
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Jackie G
Rome, Italy106 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
The artifacts from Lombard tombs were exquisite, and the carvings from ruined churches around Rome and Lazio were as well. But the thing you HAVE TO SEE is the recreated interior of a Roman home from Ostia Antica. It is absolutely spectacular - I now can really picture what the homes of the leading families there looked like. It doesn't take that long to see the museum - so GO!! :)
Written September 25, 2016
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India329 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
I experienced different things at this museum from the routine art forms, sculptures you encounter at other Roma museums. I loved the gold ornaments that the kings and queens of the middle ages decorated their body with. Though many things did not have their English descriptions, I invested my time in a nice experience
Written June 28, 2015
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