After the success of previous years, the extraordinary project Viaggi nell’antica Roma (Journeys in Ancient Rome) returns from 17 June to 7 November 2021 with a multimedia show that tells the story of the Forum of Augustus and brings it back to life.
The project is promoted by Roma Culture, Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali and produced by Zètema Progetto Cultura. Conceived and curated by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano with the historic collaboration of Gaetano Capasso and the Scientific Direction of the Sovrintendenza Capitolina.
After Augustus, other emperors such as Nerva and Trajan left their mark on the Imperial Forums by building their own Forums. Rome at that time had more than a million inhabitants, no city in the world had ever had such a population.
From the tribune built in Via Alessandrina, spectators will be able to return to enjoy an exciting performance that is at the same time rich in information of great historical and scientific rigour, accompanied by Piero Angela’s voice and the vision of magnificent films and projections that reconstruct the place as it was in ancient Rome.
The show – available in 8 languages (Italian, English, French, Russian, Spanish, German, Chinese and Japanese) and with three 40-minute performances each evening – will take place in compliance with the Covid-19 prevention measures: restricted entrance (max. 70 people per performance), temperature measurement, use of audio guides protected by disposable wrapping and disposable earphones, one-metre interpersonal distance with place cards on the stands.
The story of the Forum of Augustus begins with the marbles still visible in the area. Through a multi-projection of lights, images, films and animations, Piero Angela’s story focuses on the figure of Augustus, whose gigantic statue, 12 metres high, was kept next to the temple dedicated to Mars Ultor. With Augustus, Rome inaugurated a new period in its history: the Imperial Age was, in fact, that of the great rise which, in the space of little more than a century, brought Rome to reign over an empire extending from present-day England to the borders of present-day Iraq, encompassing most of Europe, the Middle East and all of North Africa. These conquests led to the expansion not only of an empire, but also of a great civilisation made up of culture, legal rules and art. In all areas of the Empire, traces of that past are still visible today, with amphitheatres, baths, libraries, temples and roads.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.viaggioneifori.it or at the 060608 call centre (open every day from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm). They can also be purchased on site, after filling in the form with the visitor’s personal details, and at the Tourist Infopoints. Mic card and Roma Pass holders will receive a reduced entrance fee.