The Paolo Giovio Archaeological Museum is located in piazza delle medaglie d’oro 1 in Como. Inaugurated in 1897, it is also known as Palazzo Lucini, named after the Como family of the same name.
The Archaeological Museum includes the section of collecting, the prehistoric and protohistoric section, the Roman section, the medieval section and a rich library. Its origin dates back to the nineteenth century and the first seat was at the Classical high school. The structure of the museum was modified in the sixteenth century by Benedetto Giovio and in the eighteenth by Giovan Battista, referring to the current appearance taken from large windows in the facade and from the loggia above the door.
The prehistoric and protohistoric section is composed of studies of the evolutionary process that led to the appearance of mankind with the exhibition of finds found in the Como area.
The Roman section includes four small introductory sales. Precision scales, statuette, blown glass, pottery, frescoes are some of the objects on display together with a papyrus and scrolls. Going down steps at a depth of 4 meters you can see the succession of geological and archaeological layers that are still preserved under the current como.
The collecting section presents different cultural finds donated by the hill Vendo Como Alfonso Garovaglio. There are exhibits Egyptian, Greek and Magno-Greek vases, bronzes, gems, coins and the prehistoric collection of I.Regazzoni. The Egyptian section includes a sarcophagi in cartonnage, that is that layer of stuccoed and painted canvas, which preserves the mummy of the priestess Isiuret.
The section of the medieval and modern tombstones are composed of urban, civil and cultural fabric like the times of noble palaces of Como, tombstones and memorial inscription.
The library is dedicated to Ferrante Rittatore Vonwiller and offers opportunities for information and updating in many areas as well as being a great pride for the city.