Posted on

Riccardo Francovich Museums Award at the Museum of the Early Middle Ages in Ascoli Piceno - tourismA 2020

Museum of the Early Middle Ages of Ascoli Piceno.

Conferment of the prestigious Riccardo Francovich National Museum Award to the Museum of the Early Middle Ages in Ascoli Piceno - Florence 22 February 2020 - Salone tourismA.

A strong thanks to the Superintendence of Archeology of Fine Arts and Landscape of the Marche, to the Superintendent Marta Mazza and to the Archaeologist Paola Mazzieri, for their strong support for the urban archeology project in Ascoli Piceno and for the relaunch of the Museum!

The museum was strongly desired and promoted since 1995 by the historical deputy director of the Museum of the High Middle Ages in Rome, Lidia Paroli, and then built by a small design group consisting of her, the late Superintendent Giuliano De Marinis, Andrea R. Staffa, Maria Cecilia Profumo, and Pierluigi Salvati.

Press review

The Museum of the Early Middle Ages


2004 - preparation of the exhibition "The Return of the Lombards"

Early Middle Ages Museum, Forte Malatesta. Early Middle Ages Museum, Forte Malatesta. Early Middle Ages Museum, Forte Malatesta.Early Middle Ages Museum, Forte Malatesta.

The headquarters and the collections

Near Ascoli Piceno, in the locality of Castel Trosino, the first days of April 1893, during agricultural works in the Santo Stefano district, a Lombard burial ground was accidentally discovered whose excavation, begun by the local parish priest, at the request of Giulio Gabrielli was then entrusted to state officials, superintendent Brizio and engineer Mengarelli: resumed in 1896, the campaign led to the discovery of about 500 burials. some of which equipped with rich funerary objects that were transferred first to the National Roman Museum and then, from 1967, to the Museum of the Early Middle Ages.

Early Middle Ages Museum, Forte Malatesta.The Malatesta Fort is a fortified urban defense work of the city of Ascoli Piceno. Built near the banks of the Castellano stream and the Cecco bridge, an obligatory step for those who entered the city from the east, it was rebuilt on the remains of previous buildings erected over the centuries. This area hosted as a first construction a thermal plant from the Roman era; other news regarding the buildings built on this place tell of defensive works set up in the area of ​​the nearby bridge of Cecco made by the Picenes useful to strengthen the entrance to the city after the defeat, in 91 BC, against the Ascolans inflicted by Gneo Pompeo Strabo. The fortification benefited from restoration works after the destruction of the Lombards, but was again razed to the ground in 1242. Galeotto I Malatesta, in 1349, when he was Lord of Ascoli he rebuilt it. The current fortress represents the final arrangement carried out by Sangallo the Younger, who designed and raised it in 1540 on behalf of Pope Paul III Farnese.
The Fort was the subject of a new restoration in 1600. Between 1797 and 1798 the Papal Government used it as a barracks. From 1828 to 1978 the Fort was used as a judicial prison.

Early Middle Ages Museum, Forte Malatesta.
Invitation to the inauguration of the Museum.

Only recently, thanks to the availability of the competent bodies, a part of the collection has been granted in deposit to the Municipality of Ascoli Piceno which, in collaboration with the Mibac, has arranged to set up the Museum of the Early Middle Ages on the third floor of the Forte Malatesta in which, together with the funerary objects of Castel Trosino, it is also possible to admire the gothic goldsmiths of Arquata del Tronto and numerous early medieval sculptural finds belonging to the Lapidarium of the Municipality.

In the evocative rooms designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, recently restored by the State, an interesting setting is proposed which, for the presentation of the artefacts on display, makes use of modern multimedia supports that allow the visitor to enjoy a detailed view of the objects , an accurate presentation of the discovery context and various technical insights.

Early Middle Ages Museum, Forte Malatesta.Early Middle Ages Museum, Forte Malatesta.Through an articulated system of touch-screens, arranged next to the windows along the entire exhibition path, it is therefore possible to create an engaging interaction with the finds aimed at reconstructing the lifestyle, clothing and weapons in use among the Lombard populations settled in the territory. ascolano.

The visit to the Museum begins with a video illustrating the history of the discovery and the excavation campaign conducted in 1893-1896 and ends with another film which, through reliefs, vintage photographs and drawings, reconstructs the alternating events of the "Longobard Treasure of Castel Trosino ".

Castel Trosino - gallery.

Castel Trosino - gallery.

Castel Trosino - gallery.

Castel Trosino - gallery.

Castel Trosino - gallery.

Castel Trosino - gallery.

Among the artifacts presented there are a female and a male burial characterized by a rich kit that qualifies the deceased as high-ranking characters: the harness for the horse and the rich belt garnished with gold tips, testify to the very high technical quality of the tradition Longobard goldsmith and the disc fibulae adorned with filigree and the glass paste necklaces completed by gold pendants, allow us to document the great charm that the Byzantine tradition has exercised on the Lombards.

During a recent review of the excavation carried out in 2001, other jewels have been brought to light such as a rare gold seal-ring used by the Lombard nobles, basket earrings and golden fibulae that are presented alongside the finds found on the occasion of the first intervention.


Address: Ascoli Piceno - Via delle Terme, 6
Tel.: 0736 262833
Fax: 0736 257898
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 am-13pm and 15 pm-18pm. Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and the day before 11 am-18pm
Admission: full price: € 8; reduced price: 5 € Museum associated with Marche Museums Card
Typology: Archeology Art
Services: Reception area, Ticket office, Book-shop, Cloakroom, Conference room, Room or laboratory for educational activities, Audio / video projection room