The archaeological collection of Villa Sulis

Plan your visit to the archeological collection at Villa Sulis!

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Opening days:

  • The first Sunday of each month;
  • The third Saturday of each month, between April and September;

We are open from 15.30 to 18.30. Admission is free.

Guided visits and workshops are available upon request. Contact us:

Phone: + 39 328 6681 121


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Villa Sulis
Villa Sulis



It is easy to get here by car: you will find us in località Costa, 17, in Castelnovo del Friuli.


When you arrive at the Cultural Centre of Villa Sulis you will find ample parking right in front of the entrance gate. A short walk up a path leads you to the Villa’s entrance.
There is a lift to the upper storey of the Villa, where there is a convention room and where ceramics workshops are held. In order to reach the ceramics’ exhibit, one must climb a short flight of stairs. The Center has central heating.
The Cultural Center, except for the ceramics’ exhibit, of course, may be rented for conventions, seminars, meetings and events: for further information please contact:
There are men’s and women’s restrooms on the first floor.
The Cultural Center of Villa Sulis is just a few minutes by car from local bars and restaurants.


On every day the Center is open you will find people ready to greet you, explain the history of the collection and answer all your questions.
You will have the chance, upon request and by booking it, to visit and participate in the workshops organized by the association ‘The Ceramic School of Villa Sulis’.
Here is an example of one of the workshops you could take part in:

Scudielutes, scudieles e scudielins: A learning experience at the potters’ workshop of Castelnovo.

It is a brief experience in the potters’ workshop with a choice between two courses (1 e 2), which must be booked in advance. The courses are open to everyone, both children and adults.
1) The first part of working with clay:
Preparation of the clay: dry clay, moist clay and liquid clay; the creation of a little pinch pot; a demonstration of modelling with a potter’s wheel; preparation for the drying process (40 minutes)
2) The second part of working with clay:
Slip and scratch a little pot as hard as leather on the potter’s wheel; preparation for the drying process; decoration of a little pot with a paintbrush on the potter’s wheel using oxides; immersion glazing. (40 minutes)
The pots which have been made will be fired and given to the participants at Villa Sulis when ready.

Let’s take the Renaissance in hand

Under the guidance a professional archeologist, the participants can touch fragments of Renaissance ceramics with their own hands, learning about their distinctive characteristics, and how to reconstruct the original shapes and decorations. This direct contact with the artefacts of the archeological collection “The Ceramics of Castelnovo” offers the participants a unique hands-on opportunity to discover these historical objects for themselves.
The course makes use of didactic materials suitable to the age group of the participants, such as: brochures, games on the subject and brief videos.

Ceramic and archeological workshops may be booked for schools and groups. A guided visit to the archeological collection is included.