The Forum of Augustus 2000 Years Later

A Journey Through History
22/04 - 02/11/2014
Musei in Comune,
Rome, Imperial fora – Forum of Augustus via Alessandrina overlooking the Forum of Augustus

From April 22, 2014 the lights will turn on the Forum of Augustus
Tickets can be purchased by calling +39 060608 (every day from 9.00 to 21.00) or through the

From April 22, 2014 the lights will turn on the Forum of Augustus and “The Forum of Augustus. 2000 Years Later” project, promoted Roma Capitale, Gabinetto del Sindaco, Assessorato alla Cultura, Creatività e Promozione Artistica – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali and produced by Zètema Progetto Cultura , conceived and curated by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano with the historic collaboration of Gaetano Capasso.
Showings will be repeated every night from April 22 to November 2, 2014 (lasting 40 minutes, for max 190 people) purchasing tickets on-site or by calling +39 060608 and through the website The story narrated by Piero Angela will be heard through an audio-guide in 5 languages other than Italian (English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Japanese), while music and special effects will be provided by appropriate sound systems with headphones.
Using the latest technology, the project will illustrate in a forcible manner the archaeological site located along Via dei Fori Imperiali and adjacent to Via Alessandrina starting from on site stones, fragments and columns. Viewers will be accompanied by the voice of Piero Angela and the wonderful archive footage and reconstructions that will show the places as they appeared at the time of Augustus: an exciting depiction and at the same time full of great information, combining historical and scientific rigor.
The stands designed to accommodate the public and the necessary technical equipment (lights, projectors, computers, etc.) will be provided, in accordance with the Sovrintendenza Capitolina, with the aim to minimize the visual impact on the archaeological area. Arranged in two parallel rows, the stands will be located entirely within the sidewalk area of Via Alessandrina and composed of 7 modules interrupted by a double flight of stairs, for a total height of about 2.60 mt plus 1 meter high parapet. This solution will have less impact on the view from Via dei Fori Imperiali towards the Forum of Augustus.
While ranging over various aspects of the Roman world, the story will be centred around the site of Augustus, creatively using the remains of the Forum. In addition to the faithful reconstruction of the area, with all kinds of special effects, the story will focus on the figure of Augustus, whose giant (12 meters high) statue, dominating the area next to the temple. Under Augustus, Rome began a new period of its history: the Imperial age was, indeed, a period of great exansion, and in a century it brought Rome to rule over an empire stretching from current England to Iraq, including most of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. This will be an opportunity to show it was not only a question of expansion for the Empire, but also of a great civilization, which also brought culture, technology, legal rules, art. Traces of this past (amphitheatres, baths, libraries, temples, roads) still remain in all parts of the Empire.
After Augustus, moreover, many other emperors left their trace in the Imperial Fora, building their own Forum . Rome at that time had more than one million inhabitants: it was the first city in the world to reach such proportion, London reached it only in the XIX century. It was the great metropolis of antiquity: the capital city of economy, law, power, fun: it was the New York city of its age.

The project is self-financed through the sale of tickets and will not require any economic intervention by the local public Administration.

A project of great international appeal, that is part of the celebrations for the two thousandth anniversary of the death of Augustus (19 August, 14 AD) and of the enhancement of the Imperial Fora  realized with the contribution of the following banks: BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, UniCredit and Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena.


Place Musei in Comune
, Rome, Imperial fora – Forum of Augustus via Alessandrina overlooking the Forum of Augustus
Opening hours

22 April - 2 November, 2014

Showings up to 25 october: everyday h. 20, 21, 22
From 26 october up to 2 november everyday h. 19, 20, 21, 22

Shows may be delayed up to 15 minutes

Entrance ticket

Young people up to 26 years
Adults over 65 years
Journalists with press card (professionals, practitioners, freelance)
Police agents with identification card
For groups of 10 people or more: € 10,00 only on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all shows scheduled

Free of charge:
Children up to 6 years
Disabled people and/or invalids and one carer
European Union Tourist Guides

Disabled people: special platforms are provided for disabled people ( 6 seats + 1 carer for each showing).
 The € 1,00 booking fee is also applied to free of charge tickets.

Tickets can be purchased by calling +39 060608 or through:[tour]&id=1245

Tickets are also available for purchase in Rome's Tourist Information Points.

Tickets can be purchased for the day on the spot
- up to 25 october, from 19.00 to 22.00, subject to availability
- from 26 october to 2 novembre, from 18.00 to 22.00, subject to availability

No booking fee is applied if you purchase tickets on the sopt or in the Tourist Information Points.

In case of cancellation of the show, for date change and/or refunds, please call +39 060608 or send an email to (answering from Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)

Terms and conditions:

Only in the event that the show is cancelled due to bad weather or other technical reasons, you can request a date change (at no extra charge), or a refund.
Date changes and/or refunds must be requested no later than 15 days from the date of the cancelled show
To get a refund (only if the show is cancelled), please call +39 060608 or email to send an email to (answering from Monday to Friday 9am-5pm) containing your purchase code and day/hour of the show, your name and bank details. The booking fee is not refundable.

Please allow 15 to 30 days for a refund.
No refund on the spot.


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Data conferenza
11/03/2014 - 15:00

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