Spina 100. From myth to discovery

01 June – 16 October 2022
Galleria d’Arte di Palazzo Bellini – Comacchio

This archaeological exhibition mounted in Comacchio is part of the national celebrations organized to mark the one hundred years since the discovery of the Etruscan city of Spina (1922-2022).

The exhibition itinerary is organized according to a sequence of rooms that helps the visitor discover this ancient Etruscan city and its treasure. Founded by the Etruscans on the right bank of the Eridanus, the ancient course of the Po, around the middle of the 6th century BC. Spina became Athens’s preferred port in the north Adriatic, controlling the traffic towards the entire Po River valley. At the end of the 4th century BC, the city began to decline and the Etruscan settlement was lost in historical oblivion.

The area’s continuing changes transformed the delta landscape and the traces of the ancient city were lost. With the draining of the Comacchiese Lagoons underway, the first tomb of the necropolis was discovered in the Trebba Lagoon in 1922. Thus began the archaeological epic that led to the discovery of over four thousand tombs and culminated with the discovery of the town of Spina in 1956, which is still being excavated today.

Caterina Cornelio – Direttrice del Museo Delta Antico
Prof. Christoph Reusser – Presidente del Comitato scientifico della mostra