A visitor looking at the small objects in Room 73

Room 73

Greeks in Italy

750–250 BC

Visiting the gallery

Opening times

Daily 10.00–17.30 (20.30 on Fridays)

Explore the Greek settlements of Southern Italy and Sicily through the rich displays of pottery, terracotta figurines, jewellery, metalwork and coinage in Room 73.

Trade and the search for raw materials, especially metals, first brought the ancient Greeks to southern Italy and Sicily in the 9th and 8th centuries BC. This led to permanent settlements which were organized as independent city-states and which developed their own distinctive culture and identity within the Greek world.

Southern Italy and Sicily was home to some richest communities in the Greek world. Many aspects of Greek culture, especially writing and artistic styles, were transmitted to local communities in Italy, especially the Etruscans.


  • Some objects in this collection feature on the British Sign Language guide handset, available from the audio guide desk in the Great Court.
  • Step-free access.
  • View sensory map (opens in new window).

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