MUSEO REGIONALE DI CENTURIPE

 
Statuette romane

The importance of the archaeology of Centuripe is essentially due to two reasons: on the one hand, the role played by the city in antiquity (a strategic point along a major communication route in the contact zone between the Catania Plain and the mountains of the interior); on the other, the disappearance of the city in the 13th century, with its abandonment until its re-foundation in the 16th century, an event that 'froze' the remains of the previous city under a thick blanket of debris, favouring the survival of very rich ancient remains.

 

The Museum's layout criteria respond to the principle of making history through the presentation of objects and excavation data, with an organic itinerary that acts as a leitmotif and a display that allows the asset to be enjoyed while also suggesting its context.
Data from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages are known from the surrounding area; from the 8th century B.C. onwards, finds from the necropolises allow us to systematically follow the life of the town as it evolved from an indigenous settlement to a Greek centre and, finally, to a civitas romana In the Hellenistic and Roman Republican eras we find a city with houses scenically arranged in terraces and decorated with architectural terracotta decorations and wall paintings. It is during this period that we find the products of the artistic craftsmanship for which Centuripe is universally known today: polychrome vases and terracotta with the most varied subjects. The importance of the city in the imperial age, documented by imposing monumental remains, is reflected in the conspicuous collection of epigraphs and marble sculptures.

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