ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RETAURO ARCHITETTURA: Rome – The Antiquarium of the Roman Forum created by prof. Giacomo Boni | Dott. Arch. Guido Cirilli (1900-07) to open in 2017, ANSA ITALY (03|02|2016). Foto: Giacomo Boni | Roman Forum 21 Sept. 1907.
— Rome – The Antiquarium of the Roman Forum created by prof. Giacomo Boni (1900-07) to open in 2017, ANSA ITALY (03|02|2016).
(ANSA) – Rome, March 3 – As summer approaches and concerns over too many tourists at the Colosseum grow, the superintendent’s office has drawn up a plan to handle the massive numbers expected. Over 6.5 million tourists visited the world-famous site in 2015, with as many as 30,000 on a single day.
Thus, while awaiting the opening of a gourmet restaurant on a terrace overlooking the Palatine Museum a cafe will be opened before the summer, there will be double the number of metal detectors, and a number of new entrances and tour routes have been planned.
The Antiquarium will be reopening after a 40-year closure, and the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum will finally be connected again as they were in the time of the emperors.
The superintendent’s office wants to draw tourists’ attention to other attractions and is currently looking into diversified prices and routes inside the world heritage archaeological area, including with membership card like those long offered for such sites as the British Museum and the Eiffel Tower. The Bocconi University has been commissioned to study the issue and an initial trial run will begin soon with special entrances and a new route for organized groups, but for the moment with no change in ticket price. Meanwhile, as the chronic lack of attendants is treated through 60 civil service volunteers who will be greeting visitors as well as acting as guards, mice have made their appearance. On Monday a part of the new ticket office for the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill in front of the Colosseum was closed after a rat “got stuck in an interspace in the roof and the person working at the office saw blood drip onto the desk,” archaeological superintendent Francesco Prosperetti said.
Those at the ticket office added that the smell was what alarmed them. The same problem has recently been seen a Palazzo Massimo the prestigious National Archaeological Museum near the main train station, where the superintendent said the rodents had resulted in union protests. The Italian consumers group Codacons has warned of possible spread of diseases, leading mayoral candidate Guido Bertolaso to speak of ever more degradation in the capital. He later noted that the incidents were only isolated cases and not an “emergency”. The archaeological area meanwhile aims to improve services and communication with the public. A map is being drawn up with detailed information on guided tours and places to visit. There will be many more routes to follow, with paths that can be used by those in wheelchairs and prams extended by the summer all the way to the Palatine hill. There will also be new entrances and exits (one soon with a ticket office from the Mamertine Prison) as well as the securing of the Via Nova and then the Clivo della Vittoria, which will be linked to the Imperial Ramp, thereby connecting the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum as they were in ancient Rome. In late 2017, the Antiquarium (an idea of Giacomo Boni in 1908) in the Chiostro di Santa Maria Nova in the area of the Tempio di Venere e Roma will open. The project, by architect Mario Bellini, will result in a place where “you can physically touch the origins of Rome”. With the “camion bar” (vehicles selling snacks) finally gone, the number of snack machines will rise from 2 to 4 and a café will open at the Via della Solara Vecchia ticket office. On the eagerly awaited gourmet restaurant, on the other hand, “we have done feasibility studies but a problem arose that made costs go up. We will have to renovate the attic,” Prosperetti said. Many funds – the 2016 budget has risen from 1.2 million euros to 2.5 million – have been invested also in security, with new metal detectors. “There will be double the security checkpoints. Perhaps this will mean lines, but security has a price,” he said.
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— ANSA ITALY (03|02|2016).
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— ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Prof. Giacomo Boni & Le Ultimo Scoperte Nel Foro Romano (1898-1907), in: Suppliment to the Sphere, 21 September (1907). & Romolo Artioli, Segretario – Prof. Giacomo Boni, Ufficio degli Scavi del Foro Romano (1908).
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: ROMA ”ANTIQUARIUM” – NUOVO MUSEO DEL FORO ROMANO, progettato dallo Studio Mario Bellini di Milano) | Client Mondadori Electa S.p.a. (2015-16) [01|2016].
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— ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Architetto Francesco Prosperetti – L’Antiquarium del Palatino – Biblioteca addio, sul Palatino arriva il ristorante di lusso vista Foro Romano, l’Espresso (23|11|2015).
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Prof. Giacomo Boni (1898-1925): Il Foro Romano – Gli scavi & Visitor Center ‘Il Foro Romano’ (1900-05); Il Museo di Foro Romano di Prof. Arch. Giacomo Boni & Dott. Arch. Guido Cirilli (1900-12).
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA e RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Prof. Giacomo Boni: The Roman Forum and the Rediscovery and the Restoration Antiquarium Forense (2009-10): “L’ antiquarium del Foro Romano ed i suoi tesori archeologici,” LA STAMPA, 21/01/1934, p. 3.