Una delle navi romane in corso di scavo - Cantiere delle navi romane (www.comune.pisa.it) photogallery Una delle navi romane in corso di scavo - Cantiere delle navi romane (www.comune.pisa.it)

The museum is in its infancy. The building chosen to house it, the Arsenali medicei and annexed buildings, has a single wide corridor running its length that creates three aisles, the lateral ones of which are divided into stalls that were once stabling for horses. At the end of this corridor, in a central position, is a large, much wider area where the aisles are uncluttered. This has been chosen to accommodate the mostspectacular exhibits in the museum. Here the main body of exhibits - the ships and reconstructions - will be displayed, and it will be the starting point for a virtual voyage around the Mediterranean in ancient times. The museum will operate in close collaboration with excavations at the site of the ancient port and the “Centre for restoration of wet wood”: it will be the final stage in research, beginning with the excavations, via the laboratory, that will constantly add to the objects on display.
The site of the ancient ships was discovered in 1998, during building work at the S. Rossore railway station. Geologically, this area was a water-filled depression along a navigable river, probably the Auser (today Serchio). Flooding of the river Arno created alluvial deposits that gradually shifted the southern bank northwards. The earliest bank, from the Archaic era (6th – 5th centuries BC) gave way to a second, dating from the Hellenistic era (the “Hellenistic” ship and a removable gangway belong to this era). The next bank line refers to the age of Julius to Claudius and Flavius in the late 2nd century AD the (3rd to 4th centuries AD) and finally to the era following the 5th century AD: Each of these dates corresponds to a flood that sank a number of wrecksand their cargos.

 

The museum is open Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 12.00 and 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm

Only guided visits are allowed. Visits only in the following days: on friday, saturday morning and Monday. Bookings at least one week before the visit.

Costs: single tickets 6 euro, children under 6 years are free. Independents visitors have to be minimum 10 person together per visit (maximum 25). 

For schools the price is 45 euro per group.

(Practical Info from the website www.navipisa.it; we suggest you to visit the website www.navipisa.it in order to verify time and costs of the visit)

Text compiled by the Società storica Pisana - (C. Mileti; trad. E. Hastings Philpott)
Last update 18/06/2013
Address: Lungarno Ranieri Simonelli, 14-16, 56125 Pisa
Connected routes: Lungarni
Bibliography:

 A. Camilli , E. Setari (a cura di), Le navi antiche di Pisa. Guida archeologica, Electa, Milano 2005.

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Museum of Roman Ships (Arsenali Medicei)

Una delle navi romane in corso di scavo - Cantiere delle navi romane (www.comune.pisa.it)

The museum is in its infancy. The building chosen to house it, the Arsenali medicei and annexed buildings, has a single wide corridor running its length that creates three aisles, the lateral ones of which are divided into stalls that were once stabling for horses. At the end of this corridor, in a central position, is a large, much wider area where the aisles are uncluttered. This has been chosen to accommodate the mostspectacular exhibits in the museum. Here the main body of exhibits - the ships and reconstructions - will be displayed, and it will be the starting point for a virtual voyage around the Mediterranean in ancient times. The museum will operate in close collaboration with excavations at the site of the ancient port and the “Centre for restoration of wet wood”: it will be the final stage in research, beginning with the excavations, via the laboratory, that will constantly add to the objects on display.
The site of the ancient ships was discovered in 1998, during building work at the S. Rossore railway station. Geologically, this area was a water-filled depression along a navigable river, probably the Auser (today Serchio). Flooding of the river Arno created alluvial deposits that gradually shifted the southern bank northwards. The earliest bank, from the Archaic era (6th – 5th centuries BC) gave way to a second, dating from the Hellenistic era (the “Hellenistic” ship and a removable gangway belong to this era). The next bank line refers to the age of Julius to Claudius and Flavius in the late 2nd century AD the (3rd to 4th centuries AD) and finally to the era following the 5th century AD: Each of these dates corresponds to a flood that sank a number of wrecksand their cargos.

 

The museum is open Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 12.00 and 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm

Only guided visits are allowed. Visits only in the following days: on friday, saturday morning and Monday. Bookings at least one week before the visit.

Costs: single tickets 6 euro, children under 6 years are free. Independents visitors have to be minimum 10 person together per visit (maximum 25). 

For schools the price is 45 euro per group.

(Practical Info from the website www.navipisa.it; we suggest you to visit the website www.navipisa.it in order to verify time and costs of the visit)

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Bibliography:

 A. Camilli , E. Setari (a cura di), Le navi antiche di Pisa. Guida archeologica, Electa, Milano 2005.

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