The San Callisto Catacombs


One of the most famous historic and religious landmarks in Rome are the Catacombs of San Callisto, along the Appian Way. Among the many underground cemeteries of the City, those are the best known and most popular, best known for the “Crypt of the Popes.”

Unlike the other catacombs in Rome, these were found larger .Catacombs of San Callisto have become true places of worship and pilgrimage after 313 when the Emperor Constantine ended the persecutions against christians.

Tunnels and galleries on four levels is a maze of niches still open or walled custom made and designed for a simple burial, without cash but only in a sheet, sarcophagi and crypts, cubicles, epitaphs and carvings, the remains of oil lamps and vases containing perfumes.


During the visit falls only on the second floor, undoubtedly the most interesting from an archaeological point of view. Now we find the copy of a statue of the fourth century preserved in the Vatican Museum, depicting the Good Shepherd, a symbol of Christ’s love. Among the other images, belonging to the vast symbolism devised by Christians during the persecution, when their religion was declared a “a strange religion” with the decree of 35 senators.

You can see the Crypt of the Popes where the faithful descended on a pilgrimage to honor  the martyrs. Continuing on, you can see the Crypt of St Cecilia where to place the coffin containing the body of the patron saint of music, now housed in the Basilica of St. Cecilia in Trastevere, there is a copy of a famous sculpture of 1599, the Cubicles of the Sacraments, five small rooms where you retain some of the oldest frescoes of Christian era, representing precisely the most important sacraments in the Christian faith: baptism and the ‘ Eucharist. Crypt of St. Eusebius, smaller but decorated with marble slabs on which are three arches, one of which contained the tomb of the saint.

Not quite everything, so you can enjoy a beautiful day to teach the history of Christianity and the history of Rome.

  1. Visiting hours: 9.00 – 12.00 e 14.00 – 17.00
  2. Price tickets : € 8,00 / € 5,00 reduced fee

How  to arrive:

  • From Termini Station:
    Metro A (direction Anagnina) to stop Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano. Than take a bus line 218.
    Metro B (direction Laurentina) to stop Circo Massimo. Than take bus line 118.

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The Colors of the Ara Pacis

Our Blogger: Vanda


During a guided visit visitors to this exhibition will have to chance to see the Ara Pacis in full color, as stood originaly. The feat will be made using  projections of light. Besides, the meaning of the reliefs will be illustrated by an actor who will  read as well classic Roman texts  that will deepen the message of it: a passage from the VIII book of the Eneide, where Virgilio narrates the foundation of Lavinio and the prodigy of the white sow; a passage on the meaning of the deities of the country; and the pages in which Tito Livio is questioned on the origins, the greatness and the decadence of Rome.

ara2The technique of projection has been updated and renewed projectors will allow to modify and to modulate the profiles and the colors in real time. Even if over thousand years of permanence underground on Campo Marzio has cancelled from the monument any trace of color, experts have demonstrated almost beyond doubt that originaly the altar was very colorful, as were most sculptures in ancient Rome; the use of the colors on monuments was usual, even if we all have in our imagination the color-less versions found nowadays in museums and books everywhere.

augusto-di-prima-portaThe choice of the single shades for “the Colors of the Ara Pacis” has been operated on the base of comparisons with other ancient Roman paintings, especially from pompei with the Greek-Roman sculpture.

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Schedule extraordinary Opening of the museum during the last weekends of February, March and April from the hours 20.00 to her times 23.00 (last entry 22.00)
26, 27, February 28 th 2010 26, 27, March 28 th 2010 21, 23, 24, 25 April 2010
Entry ticket: € 8,00
Information: Tel 060608 /
Where: Lungotevere in Augusta (Subway stop Flaminio)

Technology in ancient Rome

Our Blogger: Jona

machina_tecnologia_dell_antica_roma_largeFrom 23 December until 5 April 2010 is currently being shown MACHINA: TECHNOLOGY OF ANCIENT ROME, which aims to illustrate the level of technology to which ancient Rome had come through reconstructions, archaeological and photographic documentation. The power of the Roman Empire, based on technology as well as political organization, will be told in the science fair MACHINA. TECHNOLOGY OF ANCIENT ROME, hosted by the Museum of Roman Civilization from 23 December to 5 April 2010. For the first time will be unveiled to the public the secrets of the machines that have contributed to the construction and operation of the Empire.

The exhibition is organized by Rita Perceval Correnti, president of Association Piazza Duomo, and is promoted by the Cultural Policies and Communication – Superintendency of Cultural Heritage of the City of Rome and from Sapienza University of Rome with the help of Fondazione Roma.

ariete_270_sqlargeThe exhibit to the visitors offers more than 100 examples of technology divided between archaeological finds, reconstructions, virtual machines, mechanisms and works in scale. Some 47 imprints from the collections of the Museum of Roman Civilization and 32 fragments, including the unpublished from Antiquarium from municipal, enrich and complement the exhibition. Through exhibits, built from scratch by the Florentine craftsman Gabriele Niccolai based on studies of exhibits and testimony, you will understand the technological principles of operation of some of the most important (and interesting) machines built and used by Romans on their everyday lives.

When: 23 December 2009- 05 April 2010
Where: Museo della Civiltà Romana, Piazza G. Agnelli, 10, Rome
Ticket price: 6.50 Euro
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