Visiting the gallery
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 ninth and eighth centuries BC. This led to permanent settlements which were organised 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.