Did you know that the second most beautiful Egyptian collection in the world after Cairo is actually in Turin? Sorry Paris and the Louvre! Three floors to be explored, a walk through Ancient Egypt beautifully lit in sand-ivory shades. You will marvel at carefully wrapped mummies (including cats and dogs) and gilded sarcophagi, of course. Fascinating and rare variations of a single object, hieroglyphics even, highlighting the evolution of a line, a fashion, the influence of Roman and Greek culture on this civilisation and their deities. I was really touched by the curved faces, how paint could have travelled through centuries yet still vibrant and only slightly scaled, making the Kohl-line gazes so very intense. And that last room: All mirrored, ominous, giant gods of stone on each side looking down at you, imposing. You will naturally slow down your pace, try to walk as silently as possible, feeling as if you had indeed entered a temple… A lasting memory of everlasting memories.
Museo Egizio / Egyptian Museum
V. Accademia delle Scienze, 6
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