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**National Archaeological Museum of Abruzzo: Housed in a neoclassical villa in the Villa Comunale park, Abruzzo’s chief archaeological museum displays a comprehensive collection of local finds, illuminating Chieti’s three millennia of existence. While the primary focus is on the vanished worlds of the Marrucini, Aequi, Marsi, Sabini and other tribes that inhabited central Italy prior to Roman expansion, there are also plenty of Roman artefacts. Of particular note are impressive coin hoards and classical sculpture – including a colossal seated Hercules from the 1st century BC. We found it to be a good small museum – especially the coins, a few statues, and the collection of funeral beds. Not worth a huge detour, but if you’re in the area, sure.

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