Antiquarium and burial ground in via Donota

Via Donota - Trieste
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    Type: Artistic , Historic
  • Free entry
  • Opening hours: Open the website
  • Parking: pay-parking in the surrounding area


The Antiquarium consists of an area of ​​archaeological excavations, created between 1980 and 1986 in the area behind the Roman Theatre and an exhibition space set up at the tower in the medieval walls. A domus from the 1st century A.D. was reused, from the middle of the second and until the sixth century for pagan funeral ritual purposes. Of significance is the presence of a fence, which, during the first phase, delimited the burial area. The balustrade is made of limestone slabs and there remain the foundations of a funerary monument located near the front, in a prominent position towards the ancient road along which via Donota currently runs. Following this, the interior and surrounding space was used systematically for the insertion of trench, coffin and amphora internments (the latter initially reserved mostly for children). Elements have also been found, such as a kind of stone seat, probably linked to the ritual of the epulum, a banquet consumed at the tomb in honour of the deceased. A room is dedicated to the materials found during the excavation of the domus and the burial ground, as well as of the house located in the nearby piazza Barbacan close to the arch of Riccardo, dating back to about midway throught the first century. A.D.


The archaeological site shows the transformation of the area's use over the centuries, from that of residential to a productive setup, burial ground and finally a tower in medieval times, while Antiquarium exhibits objects from archaeological excavations including some from in neighbouring areas including the domus in Piazza Barbacan and the terraces of the Old City.

Not to be missed

1. Drinking cup, or cantharos, with scenes of agrarian worship from the period of Augustus and coming from the Roman domus;
2. Funerary goods from the burial ground, namely grave no. 19A, a green glass bottle, elements of a necklace in vitreous paste and a lunar crescent-shaped pendant in bronze from the 4th century A.D.;
3. Funerary goods from the burial ground, namely grave no. 3, elements in vitreous paste of a necklace and an iron buckle, late (5th century A.D.);
4. Funerary goods from the burial ground, namely grave no. 8, beaker in white glass and an an iron knife (mid-4th century A.D.);
5. In the burial ground, an infant amphora burial (5th-6th century A.D.).


  • Guided visit languages: Italian, English
  • Tour languages: Italian


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