“The Etruscans: Legacy of a Lost Civilization” Exhibition unraveled the mystery of a people who dominated central Italy for more than 500 years until conquered by Romans and absorbed into their empire.
Visitors traveled back some 2,500 years to discover a society made up of merchant seamen, engineers, artisans, farmers and warriors – and their families.
Spectacular archaeological excavations were uncovered in central Italy between 1834 and 1836 in the necropoli (cities of the dead). This prompted Pope Gregory XVI to announce the construction of a museum to house these findings. As a result, the Vatican Gregorian Etruscan Museum was built. Approximately 178 objects selected from that collection made up the exhibition. Many had never left the Vatican before.