Visit the ancient Umbrian hill town of Narni and the city museum at Palazzo Eroli! Narni and its important museum are situated a little over an hour north by car from Rome, about two hours south of Florence. Besides its fine archaeological collection tracing the rich history of Narni (inhabited since the paleolithic age!), the collection of paintings is the museum's special point of attraction. The most significant work is surely the large altar piece by Domenico Ghirlandaio The Coronation of the Virgin, which occupies an entire room. In addition, works by Benozzo Gozzoli, Piermatteo of Amelia, of Lo Spagna, Vecchietta, Antoniazzo Romano, and Livio Agresti are also exhibited.
The palazzo also houses the Giovanni Eroli town library, which includes a precious collection of works by Dante, given to the library by Giovanni Eroli, descendant of the Marquis of Narni, author and scholar.
The central location of the museum, behind the town hall, has turned its ticket desk into the city's main information center, where you'll find out everything you need to know about opening hours, events, and other activities in the city of Narni and the surrounding region.
You'll enjoy "CaffEroli," the museum cafe, for a cappuccino or snack after (or before your visit). A bookshop, reference libraries for young and old, and a fabulous view of the Nera valley from the museum's spacious terrace complete this great little museum.
Address: Museum of the City of Narni in Palazzo Eroli - Via Aurelio Saffi -05035 Narni (TR)
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Visit the ancient Umbrian hill town of Narni and the city museum at Palazzo Eroli! Narni and its important museum are situated a little over an hour north by car from Rome, about two hours south of Florence. Narni is very close to the geographical center of Italy, marked by a stone. It is also said that C. S. Lewis discovered the name of Narni in an atlas, and used it as an inspiration to create his Narnia.
The Eroli Museum of Narni is one of the most important museums in the province of Terni. Named after the historian, archaeologist, and antiquarian native of Narni, and descendant of the Marquis of Narni Giovanni Eroli (1813-1904), the Museum houses significant works of art and a rich collection of archaeological artifacts.
The Museum is located in Palazzo Eroli and is split over three floors occupying an area of approximately 900 square meters. The ground floor of the building houses the town library with more than 17,000 volumes, most of which were printed between 1600 and 1800, as well as a precious collection of works by Dante with almost 1,800 pamphlets and books from the private collection of Giovanni Eroli.
On the first floor there are prehistoric artifacts, a section devoted to the Classical Age, as well as evidence of Narni's pre-classical and medieval past. Among the most unusual works exhibited is an Egyptian mummy with its sarcophagus, donated to the museum by the coin collector and adventurer Edoardo Martinori.
The second floor houses the gallery with at its center the “star exhibit” of the museum, the Coronation of the Virgin by Domenico Bigordi, known as Domenico Ghirlandaio. An entire room is dedicated to the splendid altarpiece. In addition, works by Benozzo Gozzoli, Piermatteo of Amelia, of Lo Spagna, Vecchietta, Antoniazzo Romano, and Livio Agresti are also exhibited.
You'll enjoy "CaffEroli," the museum cafe, for a cappuccino or snack after (or before) your visit. It's also the perfect place for reading and relaxing, as the spacious room is equipped with a bookshop, a reading section and a children's corner to allow visitors a quiet moment.
There is also a large reference library for adults (art, history, traditions), and one reserved for young visitors for a fun approach to art and history through educational and recreational activities. Guided tours around the historic center are available for booking at the museum's ticket desk. Complete you Eroli Museum experience on the spacious terrace overlooking the picturesque gorge of the Nera.
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Audio guides are available in English and Italian
Guided Tours: € 50.00 + the cost of tickets
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