From Isola Farnese to the Etruscan temple of Portonaccio

From Isola Farnese to the Etruscan temple of Portonaccio

- The Apollo of Veii of the Portonaccio temple after the recent restoration (Photo by Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell'Etruria Meridionale)

Route types: archaeological

Municipality: Roma

To reach the start of this route, start from the city of Formello and, once you have taken via Cassia (state highway 2), turn to Isola Farnese, following the yellow signs to "Le rovine di Veio" (ruins of Veii). Once in the village, continue on foot. From Piazza della Colonnetta go down the stairs and turn right into the downhill road cut into the tuff to the well preserved sanctuary of the ancient Etruscan city of Veii. An evident proof of the importance of Veii regarding the art of pottery, the coroplastic, is the famous statue of Apollo found at the sanctuary and actually located in the museum of Villa Giulia in Rome.

Since the first half of the 7th century BC the worship took place in the open air as we know thanks to a rich votive offerings of the 7th and 6th centuries. Most of the dedications are to Menerva instead of Apollo. Probably the titular divinity was therefore the goddess Minerva.

The sanctuary, partially preserved and whose elevation has been rebuilt according to the testimony of ancient sources, has been built around 510 BC.

With the capture of the city in 396 BC the worship did not stop but continued until approximately 200 BC.