The Civic Museum of Pollenza is housed in Palazzo Cento, a 16th century noble residence once belonging to the Leopardi family. In addition to the art gallery and sections dedicated to ceramics, antique furniture and ancient crucifixes, the Museum also houses the recently set archaeological section which occupies the first floor of the Palace and displays a collection of materials from the territory of Pollenza, dating from the Bronze Age to Roman times. The oldest exhibits on display at the museum were found in Montefranco, which has been frequented since the Bronze Age. From that site come numerous findings, especially ceramics, which indicate a strong Picene presence. Attributed to the same period are the findings of the important necropolis of Moie di Pollenza, datable back to the 9th century BC, and characterized by the presence of cremation tombs, an element particular to Picene necropolises. As documented by the findings of grave goods and the successive excavation campaigns on the site, the necropolis was linked to an important village that had a significant strategic role in the context of the middle valley of Potenza, whose population had commercial contacts with both the Tyrrhenian coast and the east. As for the section dedicated to the Roman era, the exhibition is centered on evidence found in the localities of Montefranco and Santa Lucia. It was precisely in Santa Lucia that a Roman villa, probably belonging to a prominent figure of the territory, was identified and excavated in the '70s. From this site come several mosaics and the beautiful polychrome emblem with hunting scenes, datable to the first century BC, whose copy is currently on display at the museum of Palazzo Cento.
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Nelle zone di confine dell’entroterra marchigiano i principi umbri di Camerino vivevano a contatto con numerosi villaggi, anch’essi retti da principi guerrieri piceni. I pregevoli corredi delle necropoli, risalenti alla fine dell’VIII - inizi VI sec. a.C., documentano i fitti scambi con l’oriente greco e con l’Etruria e attestano il ruolo cruciale di queste popolazioni nei traffici mercantili tra Adriatico e Appennino, che essi controllavano e da cui traevano le loro ricchezze.
|Address||Palazzo Cento, via Roma 32 Pollenza|
|Phone Number||0733 548707 Ufficio Cultura|
|Opening Time||Apertura serale nelle due settimane centrali di Luglio dal Lunedi al Venerdì 20:30 - 24:00. Sabato e Domenica 17:30 - 24:00. Tutto il resto dell'anno su prenotazione|
|Visit Time||45 min|
|Free Guided Tour||no|
|Guided Tour||sì, con prenotazione|
|English language||si, solo visita guidata|