The Pallavicini Archaeological Collection, taking its name from the economist Giancarlo Pallavicini who donated the collection to the town of Trequanda in 2011, is located on the upper storey of the building that houses the multi-purpose Dino Galluzzi Room.
Comprising more than 200 pieces, the exhibit allows visitors to put distance aside and embrace with their eyes the wonder of the artifacts. The central core of the collection, gathered together in the 1800s, is partly made up of materials unearthed from family-owned properties, plus the later addition of various pieces purchased on the antique market in the 1970s.
The original collection includes objects in bronze as well as ceramics from the Villanovan Period (9th-8th century B.C.), Italo-geometric (late 8th-mid 7th century B.C.) and Etrusco-Corinthian (7th-6th century B.C.) earthenware vessels, numerous pieces in bucchero (7th-6th century B.C.), Etruscan vases with black figures (late 6th-early 5th century): articles ascribable to production in southern Etruria, probably within the inland area around Vulci and perhaps the area around Visentium.
The collection further includes ceramics from Greece, which would therefore count among the goods that circulated within the Etruscan world (5th century B.C.), and various examples of ceramics from southern Italy, many of which are artifacts produced in the northern portion of Puglia.
The collection of later materials is made up of a few Roman Period articles, such as ointment containers in glass, some coins and several oil lamps.
This exhibition is organized into sections based on the geographic and cultural context of the various artifacts. Complete with explanatory museum labels, the displays provide an in-depth look at many aspects of life in ancient Italy, highlighting customs that arose from local traditions as well as changes brought about by the influence of the Greek world.