New entrance for Roman Forum  - July 14th, 2016

Rome – Rome Archaeology Superintendent Francesco Prosperetti on Wednesday said tourists will be able to access the Roman Forum through a new entrance from the Capitol as of July 21. The new entryway will be inaugurated together with “the reopening to the public of Carcer Tullianum”, the prison inside the Forum where Saint Peter and Saint Paul were jailed which was shut down a year ago, the superintendent said. The project is part of the “Superintendency’s new strategy to make the Forum and Palatine Hill increasingly welcoming” to tourists, he noted. Prosperetti added that new entrances have been planned over the next few months to access, among others, the imperial palaces (Clivus Palatinus) as part of a project to increase itineraries within the central archaeological area. (ANSA)

Villa Giulia’s nymphaeum restored by mysterious donors  - July 14th, 2016

Rome – A group of mysterious benefactors from the Far East have restored to its previous splendour a part of the 16th-century Villa Giulia that formerly attracted the likes of Giorgio Vasari, Michelangelo and other intellectuals of the period. The “small miracle” was carried out at the Renaissance villa ordered built by Pope Julius III that now houses the Museo Nazionale Etrusco. The most important artists of the time took part in its design and construction between 1550 and 1555. For the past few weeks, visitors have been surprised by the restored nymphaeum, the heart of the splendid gardens with a fountain designed and sculpted by Vasari and Bartolomeo Ammannati, caryatids holding up the Travertine marble balcony and a mosaic dedicated to Triton. “Everything began in 2014,” ANSA was told by Alfonsina Russo, superintendent for archaeology, architecture and landscape of the metropolitan area of Rome, Viterbo and southern Etruria, which until a ministry reform a few months ago was headquartered in Villa Giulia. “I had long been seeking help for the nymphaeum,” she said. The nymphaeum was originally created as a sort of “theatre of water” for actors and musicians. Russo added that the funders had not even wanted to be thanked in an official inauguration.(ANSA)

Christo calls Floating Piers success  - July 14th, 2016

Brescia – Bulgarian-born US artist Christo said Wednesday that his recent installation at Lake Iseo entitled ‘The Floating Piers’ was a success. “We always work on two or three projects at the same time because we never know when we will receive the permit,” he added during the 2016 assembly of the Brescia industrial association (AIB), held at the Santa Giulia auditorium. Christo’s works “are liked by the young”, said Franco Gussalli Beretta, head of the Gardone Valtrompia weapons manufacturer and financial partner of the installation across Lake Iseo. “It was an open, digital, Pop Art and experiential work. Christo also had a very concrete and pragmatic approach. We managed to work together: the artist alongside the institutions that gave us the permits and the entrepreneurs.” AIB chief Marco Bonometti said that “Christo’s work teaches us to dare”. “We need to believe in the young and remember that AIB is a gym, and that without business there is no culture,” he added. (ANSA)

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