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Permanent Didactic Exhibition – Isola Vicentina

Via Leonardo da Vinci 20 – Castelnovo – 36033 Isola Vicentina (VI)
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The permanent didactic exhibition, presently arranged in an outbuilding of the Primary School of Castelnovo, collects and exhibits some of the most representative artefacts found in the last decades in the municipal region of Isola Vicentina. Beside some other sporadic finds, this collection includes the Pre-roman and Roman materials collected in important rural places in the region (Cava Antoniazzi, “All’Acqua”, Fossanigo). Noteworthy are the three thin bronze votive plates depicting warriors and cattle (presently under restoration), the two small bronzes of Mercury and Minerva and the conspicuous collection of stamped bricks and loom weights showing the main productive activities carried out in the past in this area.

Collection history

The permanent didactic exhibition was set up in 1999 in order to guarantee a certain visibility to at least some of the most representative archaeological materials brought back to light in the last decades in Isola Vicentina and Castelnovo, thanks to the constant activity of the Archaeological Group “Gruppo Archeologico – Communitas Insularum” and to the excavation works carried out by the Regional board for the protection of cultural heritage (Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Veneto). In the same rooms where the exhibition is located, there is also the main office of the local Archaeological Group and of the Federation of Archaeological Associations of the Veneto region (Federazione delle Associazioni
di Archeologia del Veneto- FAAV). In order to better enhance the artefacts exhibited (and the even more numerous ones kept in the warehouses) and to provide them with the right importance, the collection is planned to be moved and rearranged in the rooms of the close High School.


In the small entrance room, there are now the didactic reconstruction of a cist cremation burial and a copy of the well-known stele of Isola Vicentina, kept in the Naturalistic Archaeological Museum of Santa Corona in Vicenza which is the first and so far the only epigraphic example in Venetic language containing the ethnic name of the Ancient Venetians (Venetkens).

The exhibition starts with four introductive panels arranged in a corner, on the right of the entrance door. Their purpose is to describe in a more and more detailed way the regional features and the historical and archaeological meaning of the sites detected in the municipal region of Isola Vicentina: namely, geomorphology and settlements; centuriation; archaeological documentation; agriculture and domestic activities. The last two panels describe in short the main aspects of the rural housing and productive environments of the Roman Age brought back to light nearby the towns of “All’Acqua”, Fossanigo, Cava Antoniazzi and Fosse, whose most relevant items are displayed in the display cases. In the corner between the panels, there is a showcase containing two bronze statuettes found in via Chiodo and nearby the Bonato property which were probably originally placed in a domestic lararium and depict Mercury and Minerva respectively (1st century A.D.).
The exhibition goes on with the four display cases located along the left wall. In the first two, there are some materials found in the site of Cava Antoniazzi. In the first display case, there are some examples of coarse and depurated clay cooking and table pottery, a Firmalampen lamp, a glass bottle and different loom weights of the Imperial Age. More ancient and interesting is the material kept in the highest shelf of the second display case dating back to the 1st century B.C. and presently under restoration: these are three thin bronze votive plates, two circular-shaped and one rectangular-shaped with armed warriors and other war-related people associated to cattle. On the lowest shelf, there are different metal objects, among which vessel handles and fibulas of different kind and age, as well as a bone pin. The two following display cases collect the materials found nearby Fosse: beside the ceramic and metal materials kept in the third display case (among which a republican assarius dating back to 155-149 B.C.), there are seven small “thin-walled” ceramic cups of the early Imperial Age and the collection of bricks provided with printed stamps which are displayed in the fourth display case.
The visit goes on with the display cases arranged along the bottom wall. After a showcase which is being arranged containing three Middle Bronze-aged pots coming from Monte Malazzo in Malo (Scaramella’s donation), there is a display case containing some quite heterogeneous material coming from different places of the municipal area of Isola Vicentina (Munari property, via Capiterlina, Gonzo property, De Tomasi property). The context of the material which can be found in the following display case is more homogeneous and refers to the materials found in Fossanigo (Cava Silma) with numerous objects dating back to the 1st century B.C.- 1st century A.D. and two coins proving that the site was inhabited since Late Antiquity; very interesting is also the presence of a bone weaving needle which, together with different loom weights, confirms the importance of weaving in the area surrounding Vicenza. A display case is located next containing the grave goods found nearby Bugifave (in the second half of the 1st – first half of the 2nd century A.D.) as well as other materials from via Venezia and via Chiodo and a showcase containing a collection of coins dating back to the Imperial Age from Cava Antoniazzi and other sites. To the right of the showcase, a plastic model of the rural villa nearby “All’Acqua” hangs on the bottom wall.
The last display case to the right of the room contains mainly prehistoric lithic materials coming from different Saharan and Southern and Central American locations (Bertoldi-Scarpa’s donation).


Admission: Su prenotazione

Ticket: No

School access

Opening Times

Opening Days
Tipology When Specs
Summer/Winter Monday Upon reservation
Summer/Winter Tuesday Upon reservation
Summer/Winter Wednesday Upon reservation
Summer/Winter Thursday Upon reservation
Summer/Winter Friday Upon reservation
Summer/Winter Saturday Upon reservation
Summer/Winter Sunday Upon reservation

Recommended tour time (minutes): 15

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Bonetto J. 2009, Veneto (Archeologia delle Regioni d’Italia), Roma, pp. 376.

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