Greek art in Italy (500 BC–300 BC)

Celtic gold-plated bronze disc from Auvers-sur-Oise, Val-d'Oise, dated to early 4th century BC; on display at the Cabinet des Médailles of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, Greek art in Italy (500 BC–300 BC), Italy, Italy (Photo by Gun Powder Ma)
Celtic gold-plated bronze disc from Auvers-sur-Oise, Val-d'Oise, dated to early 4th century BC; on display at the Cabinet des Médailles of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris

Greek colonies settled the Sicilian and Southern Italian coasts well before the Romans

The Greeks settled Sicily and southern Italy centuries before the Romans expanded south, so their art celebrating the perfection of proportion, balance, harmony, and form is part of Italy's heritage. 

Where to find Greek art in Italy

The world's best surviving ancient Greek murals are in Paestum's museum, including the famed Tomb of the Diver frescoes.

There is also some fine sculpture in the archaeological museums of Siracusa and Palermo (in Sicily), and Taranto (in Apulia), as well as numerous Roman copies of Greek originals filling just about every Italian archaeology museum from Milan to Rome to Siracusa.

Where to find Greek art art in Italy

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Part of the Collezione Farnese (Photo by ho visto nina volare)
Museo Archeologico
Naples: Centro Storico

The Archeological Museum of Naples is one of the top in Europe—and an absolute must if you are visiting Pompeii

 
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The Sala Rotunda is lined by colossal ancient Roman statues (Photo by Renato Grisa)

The Vatican's Pio-Clementino Museum is one of Rome's best collections of ancient Greek and Roman statues

 
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An ancient Greek floor mosaic of an "unswept floor" after a banquet (Photo by Yann Forget)

The Vatican's "profane" museum is filled with a potpourri of pagan art—mostly Greek

 
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The 4C BC Chimera di Arezzo (Photo by Alex Berger)
Museo Archeologico
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

This embarrassingly rich collection of exquisite antiquities from around the world is overlooked by most Florence visitors who are in full-throttle Renaissance mode

 
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Archeological Museum
Mainland Siracusa

The archeological museum in Siracusa is one of the most important collections in Southern Italy

 
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The cover of the Tomb of the Diver, from 480 BC (Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra)

Amazing ancient Greek frescoes in the Archaeological Museum of Paestum

 
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Various archaeological artefacts on display outside the Museo Provinciale di Torcello on Torcello (Photo by Ethan Doyle White)
Archaeological Museum of Torcello
Venice: The Northern Lagoon

The small Museo Archeologico della Provincia di Venezia di Torcello