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Via Appia Nuova, 160
Phone: (39) 06 93541170
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Via Appia Nuova, 160 Frattocchie, Marino, Rome, IT, 00040
- Phone: (39) 06 93541170
- Fax: (39) 06 93542041
Arts & Museums
Lake Nemi is surrounded by a thick wood. The ancient Romans called it Diana's Mirror and there is a sanctuary on its banks dedicated to the goddess of hunting. It is said that the Emperor Caligula had two ships built, lavishly decorated with bronze statues, mosaic floors and marble columns, intended as a gift to the goddess. The ships were discovered in the 1930s and recovered soon afterwards, only to be destroyed in a fire during the war. The museum exhibits models of the ships and various salvaged objects, such as the anchors, amphors and artefacts from Diana's Temple. Great quantities of wild strawberries can be picked from May to June in the woods between the museum and Nemi and there's a Strawberry Festival on the first Sunday in June when the fruit is distributed free of charge.
The Villa Dei Quintilli is a museum as well as an archaeological site that may be visited while in Rome. The Villa belonged to the two Quintillius brothers, both senators, who were eventually beheaded. Before their tragic deaths, the wealthy brothers expanded their estate to include baths and even a hippodrome. The Villa Dei Quintilli is an archeological site of great importance and is open to visitors. The buildings are part of an archeological complex on Appian Way. Hours vary by time of year, call for details.
Housed inside the Museum of Roman Civilization (Museo della Civiltà Romana), Planetario e Museo Astronomico is a great place to visit if you're interested in science and technology. A much more modern version of the city's original planetarium, it provides an educational experience that is also fascinating. The planetarium and museum make a great pair, for the idea is to show visitors that scientific discoveries must also be placed in a historical context. The museum houses some wonderful models of the planets and the universe. Astronomical videogames make the experience extremely interactive.
The building that houses this museum is rather like those painted by De Chirico. The museum was founded by Mussolini to commemorate the 2000 years that had passed since the empire of Augustus. There are scale models of Roman monuments such as the Trajan Column and the labyrinths below the Colosseum. The most important item is a giant model of Rome in the 4th Century CE showing famous palaces in their original state during the reign of Emperor Constantine. Check out the website for more details.
This museum covers the period between the end of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Renaissance. The collection includes extremely valuable finds, such as swords made of engraved silver and gold, buckles and tacks for horses, as well as more frivolous items like jewelry with painted ceramic pearls and what can only be called the first European collapsible seat. Religious works depicting Celtic designs engraved in stone and rich embroidery from the garments worn by medieval priests are well worth seeing.
Il Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari was established in 1911 with the aim of becoming a source of information on all kinds of traditions in Italian society. Today, it is of great historical significance, what with its records on the way of life in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. You will find this museum extremely valuable should you want any information on historic transport systems, hunting practices, festivals, rituals, the life cycle, agriculture and more. Even for anyone with the slightest interest in history, this museum is absolutely fascinating.
The many prehistoric finds in Italy and elsewhere in the world have brought Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico "Luigi Pigorini" into being. The items include mammoth tusks and teeth, as well as human bones. The atrium encloses a reconstruction of Guattari cave with a real skull from the Neanderthal era. The first floor holds an ethnographic collection of pottery, jewelry, masks and fabrics. On the second floor you will find archaeological discoveries and tomb reconstructions. The museum often holds exhibitions on ethnological themes. There are many guided tours, informative descriptions, pictures and reconstructions, designed to captivate children of all ages.
Located in an area that boasts many interesting museums like Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico "Luigi Pigorini" and Museo dell'Alto Medioevo, Museo Storico delle Poste e delle Telecomunicazioni , too has many fascinating things to show you. The perfect place for philatelists, this museum has a great collection, including the Cavallini stamps from Sardinia. The journey of Italian telecommunications, from the telegraph to the television holds your attention.
Galleria Edarcom Europa has hosted innovative exhibitions, graphic works and praise-worthy sculptures. Apart from the promotion of art, the gallery is more focused and emphasized on the promotion of the artist and his view of the portrayal of his creations. Rather than sidelining the artist, Edarcom Europa is a platform of sorts for emerging, budding and artists of repute. The gallery invites and propagates budding talents and you can get a sneak peek of the works of the upcoming artists all under one roof.
Since 2007, 10b Photography is one of the most sought after photography centres in Rome. Founded by Francesco Zizola and Claudio Palmisano who is an expert in digital imaging, this space also features an image laboratory, a gallery, multimedia studio, and fine art room. They also host a number of exhibitions on design and photojournalism to showcase the talents of the artists. To witness some brilliant work, this place is a must visit! Check out the website for event schedules and other information.
The Museo delle Mura is situated inside San Sebastiano Gate and is therefore very attractive. It displays documents and drawings that show the changes that the walls have undergone over time: the oldest gates (now long gone), the sections of wall that have been destroyed, those reconstructed and so on. It is also possible to see many of the surviving walls. A visit to the museum includes a walk along the walls as far as Via Cristoforo Colombo which is a stimulating and interesting experience.
The razor blade was invented in 1902 by King Campbell Gillette, a plug salesman. This everyday disposable item has been collected and displayed in this original museum. In fact, it is not the blades themselves but the paper they are wrapped in that stimulated the urge to make this collection. The wrappers from the 1920s and 1930s paint a picture of the period with rhymes or themes such as animals, means of transport, advertising slogans for cosmetics, medicinal cigarettes etc. The collection has been put together by Alfonso Tozzi and numbers around 21,000 items.