Tourist Attraction in Cassano all'Ionio: Museo Archeologico Nazionale della Sibaritide
The National Archaeological Museum of Sibaritide is an archaeological museum located between the archaeological park of ancient Sybaris and the current town of Sibari (fraction of Cassano all'Ionio in the province of Cosenza). The museum's main venue was built in the nineties by architect Riccardo Wallach. Among the excavation areas, there is one open to the public on State Highway 106, about 2 kilometers south of main office. The museum houses archaeological finds from the Protestorical era of Magna Grecia to the Roman civilization surrounding the cities of Sybaris, Thurii and Copia, and the various funds in the area including the Brutium and the Enotria, found mainly in excavations of Horse Park, White House, Castles of Paludi and Timpone Motta. Most noteworthy testimonies are architectural fragments, gravestones dating back to the Iron Age, religious ornaments of the Athenian sanctuary of the VI-IV century BC The bronze table with dedication belonging to Kleombrotos, the son of Dexilaos, a siblings citizen who wins an Olympics competition, dates back to the beginning of the 6th century BC. For some years, a new hall has been opened with many pieces returned by various foreign museums, including the US Getty Museum, because they illegally acquired the illegal market. The public excavation site extends over a vast area of about 500 meters on the side, and includes a considerable part of Copia's main streets, as well as ruins of several villas, with many mosaic floors and, in one case, of a small pool. The site includes some areas not open to the public, where the cleaning of the objects found in situ is handled.