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“A really interesting, and somewhat unexpected, museum”

Museo della Nave Romana
Ranked #5 of 56 things to do in Comacchio
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

Wandering around the streets and canals of Comacchio, deservedly known as "little Venice", we came across this museum displaying the cargo of a Roman ship discovered in the1980s. Not only were we grateful to escape from the 38 degrees outside into an air conditioned space, but we were very intrigued by the amazing artefacts on display, including some very fine miniature shrines to Venus and Priapus and other deities, which still had working doors on them. Apparently the ship (of which there are models and a photo-montage on display), was discovered outside the town during the dredging of a canal, which in Roman times would have been part of the seashore as a further 4km of land has been reclaimed from the sea in the intervening centuries. The original boat, built sometime in the first century BC, is kept nearby in a special airtight environment to avoid any further deterioration.

The lady on the reception desk was incredibly helpful and filled in all sorts of historical detail for us (in Italian). There is quite lot of information in English though.

Thank Angela M
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Reviewed 30 May 2015

The ship is not accessible to visitors but it is a fine museum for the artifacts. The exhibits are well labeled.

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Reviewed 24 September 2013

a huge fund of information in several languages, great displays and models. It will be complete when the actual boat is fully restored and on display.

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Reviewed 24 September 2013

Hopefully there boat will be returned here after preservation treatment. It is well laid out and for us having English information was so helpful, Thank you Commachio

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Reviewed 17 August 2013

The museum, just few meters from the famous Comacchio bridge is small but the contents are amazing. Thanks to the mud, all the vessels contents have been incredibbly well preserved, so it is possible to see shoes and other leather artifacts which are really super rare to see anywhere else. Also, the six small lead-made altars are absolutely unique. It is magic.

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