Travel to ancient Rome, today
After its first successful edition in 2014, the educational show series “Viaggi nell’Antica Roma” is back! And with 140,000 visitors just since the inauguration in April, it is clear a wide audience has welcomed the initiative with enthusiasm.
Curated by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano, the “archaeo-show” branches out into two independent itineraries: the Forum of Augustus and the Forum of Caesar.
Thanks to the earphone systems provided, visitors can listen to music, special effects and Piero Angela’s narration, appreciating wonderful videos and virtual reconstructions of the sites as they were in ancient Rome. It all makes for a thrilling and yet deeply informative experience, making rigorous scientific details fully enjoyable. The audio guide has a special focus on Julius Caesar and Augustus of course, and has been translated into 8 languages (Italian, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, German and Chinese).
To create his wonderful forum, Caesar expropriated and tore down an entire neighborhood, spending a total of 100 million aurei – equivalent to at least 300 million euro today. He also wanted a new seat for the Roman Senate built next to the site, the Curia – which still exists and can be seen as it used to look in ancient times through a virtual reconstruction.
Caesar’s successor and adoptive son Augustus – whose gigantic 12-meter-tall statue dominated the area next to the temple – led Rome to rule over an empire so big it went from today’s England to the border with Iraq, including most of Europe, most of the Middle East and all of North Africa. Take this amazing “trip to Ancient Rome” to discover how he turned the city – then home to a population of over one million – into the world capital of business, law, power and entertainment.
Viaggi nell’antica Roma
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