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25/04 - 15/11/2015

Journeys through Ancient Rome: 2 stories and 2 routes

Forum of Augustus, Forum of Caesar
Roma, Fori Imperiali - Foro di Augusto (Via Alessandrina lato Largo Corrado Ricci) - Foro di Cesare (Piazza Foro di Traiano, in prossimità della Colonna Traiana)
Type: Manifestation

After the huge success of last year, the "Forum of Augustus” returns and the project  for the enhancement of the Imperial For a area gets bigger with an exciting new stage: “The Forum of Caesar” by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano.
Shows will be back again from late April to late October 2016.

After the huge success of last year, the "Forum of Augustus” returns and the project  for the enhancement of the Imperial For a area gets bigger with an exciting new stage: “The Forum of Caesar” by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano.

An unusual night walk in the heart of the Imperial Fora brings to a further step the journey through the history of ancient Rome began last year with Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano’s project of the "Forum of Augustus." An event that has been a great success with 110,000 viewers and 563 shows and received enthusiastic responses from the audience from all over the world. Starting from April 25 it will be possible to relive the exciting journey through the history of the "Forum of Augustus" and embark on a new, exciting journey into the Imperial Fora, walking among the ruins of the "Forum of Caesar." The public will access the archaeological area after going under the underground tunnel of  the Imperial Fora, opened for the first time after the excavations of the last century.

FORO DI AUGUSTO The Forum of Augustus. While spacing on various aspects of the Roman world, the story is still anchored to the site of Augustus, creatively using the remains of the Forum to try to let the stones “speak” for themselves. Besides the faithful reconstruction of the area, with special effects of all kinds, the story focuses on the figure of Augustus, whose giant statue, over 12 meters high, dominated the area next to the temple.
A new period of Roman history started under Augustus: as a matter of fact the imperial age was one of great achievement, within a century Rome ruled over an empire which extended from current England to the borders of the modern Iraq, including most of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. These achievements led to the expansion not only of the empire, but also of culture, technologies, legal rules, art. Traces of that past are still visible in all parts of the Empire, with amphitheaters, baths, libraries, temples, roads.
Besides, after Augustus many other emperors left their mark in the Imperial Fora building their own Forum.

Rome at that time had more than one million inhabitants: no city in the world had ever had a population of those proportions; only London in the XIX century reached that size. It was the great metropolis of antiquity: the capital of economics, law, power and entertainment.
The projects "The Forum of Augustus" and " The Forum of Caesar”, promoted by the Assessorato alla Cultura e al Turismo – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali di Roma, are produced by Zètema Progetto Cultura, conceived and curated by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano with the historic collaboration of Gaetano Capasso and the scientific guidance  of the Sovrintendenza Capitolina.
The idea behind the new project is to repeat the experience of enhancement of the "Forum of Augustus" and, through the use of cutting-edge technologies, to tell the story of the "Forum of Caesar" starting from stones, fragments and columns . Viewers will be accompanied by the voice of Piero Angela and some amazing videos and reconstructions that show places as they looked like in ancient Rome: a thrilling representation which combines historical and scientific rigor with entertainment.

Through special audio systems with headphones the spectators will listen to music, special effects and the story narrated by Piero Angela in 8 languages (Italian, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Japanese, German and Chinese).
The spectators will be accompanied by the voice of Piero Angela and by some amazing videos and reconstructions that show places as they looked like at the time of Augustus: a thrilling representation which combines historical and scientific rigor with entertainment.

Journeys through Ancient Rome: 2 stories and 2 routes conceived by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano.

FORO DI CESARE The Forum of Caesar. A new journey through the history of ancient Rome. After the huge success of last year, the “Forum of Augustus” returns and the project for the enhancement of the Imperial Fora area gets bigger with an exciting new step: “The Forum of Caesar” by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano.

The story narrated by Piero Angela, accompanied by reconstructions and videos, starts from the history of the excavations made for the construction of Via dei Fori Imperiali, when an “army” of 1,500 construction workers were mobilized in an unprecedented work: razing to the ground an entire neighborhood and digging out the area until the level of ancient Rome was reached.
Thus the story starts from the remains of the majestic Temple of Venus, built by Julius Caesar after his victory over Pompey, to lead the spectators into the excitement of the daily life in Ancient Rome, when officials, plebeians, militaries, matrons, consuls and senators strolled under the arches of the Forum. Ancient taberne reapper among these colonnades, they were used as offices and shops of the Forum and, among these, of particular interest is the shop of a nummulario, a sort of currency exchange point of the timeThere was also a large public toilet of which there are curious remains.
The visit seeks to evoke the role of the Forum in the life of the Romans but also the figure of Julius Caesar. To accomplish this great work, Caesar had to expropriate and demolish an entire neighborhood,  at the total cost of 100 million gold coins, the equivalent of at least 300 million euros. Caesar also wanted that the new headquarters of the Roman Senate, the Curia, was built right next to his court. A building that still exists and that, through a virtual reconstruction, you can review as it appeared at that time.
In those years, while the power of Rome grew dramatically, the Senate was very weakened and it was in this situation of internal crisis that Caesar was able to get special and perpetual political power. Through the story narrated by Piero Angela spectators will get to know more about this intelligent and ambitious man, idolized by some, hated and feared by others.

The projects "The Forum of Augustus" and " The Forum of Caesar”, promoted by the Assessorato alla Cultura e al Turismo – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali di Roma, are produced by Zètema Progetto Cultura, conceived and curated by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano with the historic collaboration of Gaetano Capasso and the scientific guidance  of the Sovrintendenza Capitolina.
The idea behind the new project is to repeat the experience of enhancement of the "Forum of Augustus" and, through the use of cutting-edge technologies, to tell the story of the "Forum of Caesar" starting from stones, fragments and columns . Viewers will be accompanied by the voice of Piero Angela and some amazing videos and reconstructions that show places as they looked like in ancient Rome: a thrilling representation which combines historical and scientific rigor with entertainment.

Every evening from 25 April to 1 November, 2015, shows every 20 minutes from 8.30pm to 11.50pm, max 40 people every 20 minutes.

Through special audio systems with headphones the spectators will listen to music, special effects and the story narrated by Piero Angela in 8 languages (Italian, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Japanese, German and Chinese).
The story narrated by Piero Angela is accompanied by some amazing videos and reconstructions.
To watch the traveling show at the Forum of Caesar, the access will be through the staircase located near the Trajan’s Column.
To reach the Forum of Caesar the public will pass through the Forum of Trajan on a walkway and under the underground tunnel of the Imperial Fora, opened for the first time after the excavations of the last century.
The visit seeks to evoke the role of the Forum in the life of the Romans but also the figure of Julius Caesar.

Information

Location
Roma, Fori Imperiali - Foro di Augusto (Via Alessandrina lato Largo Corrado Ricci) - Foro di Cesare (Piazza Foro di Traiano, in prossimità della Colonna Traiana)
Opening hours

From April 25 to November 1, 2015

Forum of Augustus: every day until September, 30 2015
at 21.00, 22.00 and 23.00.
From October 1, until November 1, at 19.00, 20.00, 21.00, 22.00
The show lasts 40 minutes; 200 people in turn; rainy days will be rescheduled.

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Forum of Caesar
25 to 30 April and 1 to 30 September: from 20.30 to 23.50 - shows every 20 minutes;
1 to 31 May and 1 to 31 August: from 21.00 to 24.00 - shows every 20 minutes;
from 1 June to 31 July: from 21.20 to 23.40 - shows every 20 minutes;
from October 1 to November 1: from 19.00 to 23.40 - shows every 20 minutes;
from 2 to November 15 : from 18.40 to 23.00 - shows every 20 minutes;
It is an itinerary in four stages. The show lasts about 55 minutes, including walking time; max 40 people every 20 minutes, rainy days will be rescheduled.

Shows will be back again from late April to late October 2016.

Entrance ticket

Booking Fee: € 1,00 Single show | € 2,00 Combined Ticket

Single show: Full price € 15 - Concessions € 10;
Forum of Caesar  + Forum of Augustus Combined Tickets: Full price € 25 - Concessions € 17
Groups (groups of more than 10 people, only for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday shows): single show € 10; Combined (Foro di Cesare + Foro di Augusto) € 17;

Concessions include: Young people up to 26 years; senior citizens (aged 65 and over); Teachers; Journalists with press card (professionals, practitioners, freelance); Italian Police members with identification card; groups of 10 people or more: € 10,00 only on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday shows;

Free of charge: Children up to 6 years; disabled people (with free entry for one carer); European Union Tourist Guides. Please note that visitors entitled to free admission must book in advance their tickets. However, these tickets are not available to purchase online, as proof of eligibility is required. For further info please download this file.

A € 1.00 booking fee is applied to free of charge tickets if purchased through the Contact Centre +39 060608.
Proof of age or status required.
Tickets can be purchased:
•    Online
•    Contact Center +39 060608 (open daily from 9.00 to 21.00 at the cost of a local call)
•    Box Office:
     - Forum of Augustus Via Alessandrina, Largo Corrado Ricci side: only for the show of the day and subject to availability. The box office opens at 19.30;
     - Forum of Caesar Forum of Trajan, near Trajan’s Column: only for the show of the day and subject to availability. Opening hours of the box office: september from h. 19.30;
       October and November, 1st from h. 18.00; 2-15 november from h. 17.30.
•    Tourist Information Points PIT
•    PIT Fiumicino Leonardo Da Vinci Airport - International Arrivals Terminal 3
•    PIT Castel Sant'Angelo, Lungotevere Vaticano (Piazza Pia)
•    PIT Minghetti, Via Marco Minghetti (corner to Via del Corso)
•    PIT Five Moons, Piazza delle Cinque Lune (Piazza Navona)
•    PIT Nazionale, Via Nazionale (Palazzo delle Esposizioni)
•    PIT Termini Stazione Termini - Via Giovanni Giolitti 34, Inside Building F - Track 24
•    PIT Fori Imperiali, Via dei Fori Imperiali
No booking fee is applied if you purchase tickets on the spot or in the Tourist Information Points. More info and opening times: www.060608.it/en/accoglienza/servizi/servizi-turistici

Only in the event that the show is cancelled due to bad weather or other technical reasons, you can request a refund. refunds are available for cancelled shows only

PLEASE NOTE
starting from October 13th 2015 you can only request a refund
refunds must be requested no later than 15 days from the date of the cancelled show
Please allow 15 to 30 days for a refund.
The booking fee is not refundable.
To get a refund, please send an email to viaggioneifori@060608.it containing your purchase code and day/hour of the show, your name and bank details.
No refund is available at the box offices on the spot

Information

Infoline: +39 060608 every day from 9.00 to 21.00

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Organization

Promoted by Assessorato alla Cultura e al Turismo Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali di Roma
Prduced by Zètema Progetto Cultura
Conceived and curated by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano
Scientific guidance Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
With the technical assistance of Aeroporti di Roma

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