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The Regional Archaeological Museum "Paolo Orsi" of Syracuse, with its 18,000 pieces, is the most important in Sicily and one of the largest of its kind in Europe.
It is named after the great archaeologist Paolo Orsi who here had fervent activity.
It is in an high archaeological value position thanks to the proximity of the Monumental Park of Neapolis and the catacombs of San Giovanni.
The museum is splitted into different sectors; In Sector A, finds from prehistory and early history are exhibited.
After the famous dwarf elephants of Sicily there are exposed artifacts of the Neolithic culture, called of Stentinello (6th millennium BC), and eneolithic and that of Castelluccio (age of the Ancient Bronze), of Thapsos (Middle Bronze age), of Pantalica ( Late Bronze Age) and Finocchito (Late Bronze Age).
Sector B is dedicated to the Greek colonies; There are finds from the first cities founded by the Greeks in eastern Sicily: Naxos, Mylai (Milazzo), Zancle (Messina) Katane (Catania), Leontinoi (Lentini), Megara Hyblaea, from which some of the museum's most important finds come, and Syracuse, from its foundation to the classical age.
Sector C is dedicated to the sub-colonies of Syracuse (Eloro, Akrai, Casmene and Camarina), to Gela and Agrigento and to the Hellenized indigenous centers, pre-existing to the arrival of the Greeks, from which the first inhabitants of Sicily borrowed, over time, uses and traditions (Grammichele, Monte San Mauro, Francavilla di Sicilia among others).
The Sector D exhibits finds of Syracuse from the Hellenistic-Roman age.
Here are exposed some of the most famous finds of the museum, such as the Venus Landolina and a statue of Heracles at rest.
In the basement there is the medallery: an extraordinary patrimony, which exhaustively documents the coinage of Greek Sicily from the archaic to the medieval age.
Plan and tactile path, reproductions in thermoformed panels and a guide in braille, allow the visit of the medallery to the visually impaired.
Sector F is dedicated to the Christian and Byzantine age; or the "Rotonda di Adelfia" and finds from the catacombs of Syracuse.
A round room in the center shows the Sarcophagus of Adelfia, thus reconstructing the circular place at the center of which the monument was found.
This has particular importance as it is the first archaeological document, dating back to the 5th century AD, which attests to the cult of Saint Lucia, the patron saint of Syracuse.
Entrance: Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sundays and holidays 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Monday closed.
Il Medagliere: tue-thu-fri-sat 9:30 - 13:30 wed 9:30 - 17:30, sunday and monday closed.
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