The Archaeological Museum of Formia

The archaeological museum named Il Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Formia is to be found in the centre of the town of Formia in Via Vittruvio. It houses many interesting Roman artefacts mainly dating from the 1st century BC to the 2nd century AD which testify to the importance of Formia in the late republican era and the early centuries of the Roman empire.

Statues of Roman Formia

These include several sculptures including busts of Augustus and Livia, Gaius Caesar, three naked male characters in heroic poses, and a statue of an adolescent boy.  There is a beautiful sculptured double-sided head, the Ambivalenza DivinaLe Due Volte di Apollo. There are also examples of Roman frescoes and decorative stucco work and relief carvings found in seaside villas along Formia’s coastline. Some new exhibits are the restored heads of five males, dating from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.  These were unearthed in the remains of a large Roman villa, consisting of three floors, which overlooked the Gulf of Gaeta in the Gianola area. Some other relics that were excavated in Formia are now exhibited in Naples at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale such as a mosaic representing Theseus Killing The Minotaur.

Roman Frescoes and Wall Decorations

Outside the museum there are several funeral monuments with epigraphs.

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