MARM is the acronym for Museo Archeologico Risorgimento and Mineralogical Museum, which are the three sections of the Diano Marina Civic Museum, housed inside the Palazzo del Parco. Although the latter two are included in the building, most of the space is given over to the Archaeological Section, which occupies the entire second floor of the building with no less than ten rooms housing over 500 artefacts in an exhibition itinerary that traces the various phases of human presence in the Gulf of Diano Marina territory, from the Palaeolithic to late antiquity. The Diano Marina Museum was established in 1970 to bring together the many archaeological artefacts found during excavations to construct new building complexes, but it was not opened to the public until eight years later, in 1978. The facility is also interactive with digital panels, a room that reconstructs the sounds of the forest, copies of the objects on display in the showcases available for the public to touch, and preserves traces and evidence of the Roman era, which had one of its two resting places here and is mentioned together with Costa Baleane (Riva Ligure) in the itinerary between Albintimilium (Ventimiglia) and Albinganum (Albenga) in the 'Tabula Peutingeriana', a true map of the Roman era.

The other two sections of the museum are located on the ground floor: the Mineralogical section is accessible to all and is located at the entrance of the building: it displays part of the De Cavero family collection and donations from private individuals. The numerous pieces on display come from various Italian regions and also from abroad. Finally, there is the Risorgimento section of the museum, also on the ground floor, which includes memorabilia belonging to Andrea Rossi from Diano, after whom it is named, and General Nicolò Ardoino. Several flags can be seen inside, including that of the steamer 'Piemonte', one of the two ships that brought the Thousand to Marsala, as well as uniforms, medals, weapons, various relics and the 'Aspromonte lantern' that Giuseppe Garibaldi himself gave to Rossi's daughter, whose godfather he was.

The museum, which organises as many as 11 educational workshops for students, guided tours and many initiatives dedicated also to tourists to promote knowledge of these places, is of great importance for the entire area because, although the buildings and structures in the town date back no further than the 19th century, Diano Marina's origins are very ancient and re-emerge in this structure where the memory of the presence of man has been preserved since the 17th century B.C., as testified by artefacts found on site. The museum's opening hours change according to the time of year, so before visiting, we suggest you check if it is open by calling 0183497621.

Corso Garibaldi 60, Diano Marina

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May 19, 2024 11:08 pm