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The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Sights

Museo Archeologico di Pithecusae

  • Corso Angelo Rizzoli 210 Map It
  • Lacco Ameno

Updated 10/24/2013

Fodor's Review

Lacco Ameno's archaeological importance—it rests below the first Greek settlement on Italian soil on the island, at Monte Vico to the west—is amply reflected by the finds displayed in Ischia's top museum, the Museo Archeologico di Pithecusae, and the ancient site beneath the church of Santa Restituta. The museum occupies much of the Villa Arbusto, built by Carlo d'Aquaviva in 1785 on top of a Bronze Age settlement. Inaugurated in 1999, with the directors of both the British Museum and the Louvre in attendence, its eight rooms house a wide range of Greek pottery unearthed at the ancient necropolis site near the Baia di San Montano, much of it dating to the earliest years of the Greek colony (late 8th century BC), including Nestor's Cup, the oldest known kotyle vase in existence. There is also a room dedicated to internationally renowned filmmaker Angelo Rizzoli, who once lived in the villa, as well as a section devoted to dolphins. Villa Arbusto combines musical serate, or evening soirées, in summer months with visits to the antiquities museum.

Sight Information

Address:

Villa Arbusto, Corso Angelo Rizzoli 210, Lacco Ameno, Campania, 80075, Italy

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Phone:

081-996103; 081-3330288

Sight Details:

  • €5, gardens free
  • Daily 9:30–1, Apr.–Oct. also 4–8.

Updated 10/24/2013

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