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“A Homophobic Institution”

Museo Etrusco Guarnacci
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Florence Day Trip to Volterra and San Gimignano
Ranked #5 of 41 things to do in Volterra
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Owner description: This museum houses one of Italy's best collections of Etruscan artifacts.
Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“A Homophobic Institution”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

While we understand Italy is the seat of the Catholic faith, and we understand that our family is not accepted in many parts of the world, it is however 2013 and so we simply were not prepared for the slap in the face we received at this museum. Upon walking in, we read the ticket prices, and perhaps being used to Chicago museum definitions of "family", as two adults with children, we smilingly asked for a family pass entrance. The woman behind the desk however got very angry and yelled at us in Italian that a family is made up of a mother and a father, and NOT two men. She then turned her head away to cut off any further communication. So, we left, disappointed and upset. While we could certainly respect the museum's policy in how it defines entrance fees, it could have been handled differently. It was upsetting to us and our son and put a pallor over our perception of Volterra.

Visited August 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

If you love history - this little three story museum is packed full of Etruscan relics. Lots of pre-etruscan artifacts, some pretty interesting Etruscan funerary objects (most of the remains are from tombs), and some amazing gold pieces - including the famous golden crown of oak leaves, and magnificent gold earrings. Oh, there's also the amazing bronze piece that Giacommetti acknowledged as the inspiration for his work (he also visited Volterra). The museum is starved for funds (this is Italy), but very much worth a visit - you won't find this much Etruscan objects anywhere else in the world. The sad thing... they only have room for 10% of what they have warehoused for lack of display space!!!!!

Visited August 2013
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Trondheim, Norway
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“Nice artefacts, poor information”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Some very nice artefacts, especially in the first floor. The experiency would have been much better with information in english

Visited July 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

As a family of history lovers, we knew we had to include a visit to Volterra, one of the oldest towns in Tuscany, if only to see the Roman theatre and, of course, the Etruscan museum. We read the section about choosing the right Etruscan museum during your visit to Tuscany in Florence & Tuscany with Kids, and decided that the Guarnacci Museum is worth a try. We weren't disappointed! Though the museum really could use some sprucing up, and even though the information in English was absolutely lacking, the artefacts are very very interesting. There is such a rich array of Etruscan findings that we were at times amazed at the things we saw. In short - a must see stop in Volterra.

Visited July 2013
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New England
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“Etruscan museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

One of the reasons we went to Volterra was to see this museum. It has amazing ruins from the centuries that the Etruscans were in power (before the Republic and Roman Empire). We learned a lot. We rented the audio tour headphones as well. Well worth it!

Visited July 2013
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