The Sustainable Park. Presentation to the Press. 1 April 2015

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On 1 April, the Superintendent Francesco Prosperetti and the Domus Aurea staff presented the first sector of the new Sustainable Park created on the Oppian Hill above the Domus Aurea to the press. Present among others were Rome’s Councillor for Culture Giovanna Marinelli who spoke words of appreciation and support for the project

The new sustainable park– SOPRINTENDENZA archive

The new sustainable park– SOPRINTENDENZA archive

The Superintendent presents the new park to the press – SOPRINTENDENZA archive

The Superintendent presents the new park to the press – SOPRINTENDENZA archive

As readers will know, this marks the end of the first test phase, on a scale of 1:1, of the Rehabilitation Project for the Monument, corresponding to the area of the Pilot Worksite.

Arch. G.Strano describes the choice of plant species– SOPRINTENDENZA archive

Arch. G.Strano describes the choice of plant species– SOPRINTENDENZA archive

The complex drainage system and waterproof barriers installed in this first basin will be subject to constant monitoring for several months to check thermo-hygrometric levels. In the meantime, for the staff it was a great pleasure and enormous satisfaction to see so many people strolling along the new paths and children playing among the flowerbeds and lemon trees.

The sustainable park– SOPRINTENDENZA archive

The sustainable park– SOPRINTENDENZA archive

We will later publish the brochure prepared by the staff when work ended and a short press release on the event.

2015 Has Begun

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The new year began with a novelty for the Domus Aurea and for our team: our Director, Fedora Filippi, is now enjoying her well-earned pension! Fedora, widely known for her enormous scholarly competence, has also been for us an example of honesty, dedication to her work, and tenacity in achieving results and objectives. To her we also owe the idea for this blog, allowing the general public to keep up-to-date on the work and projects of our diverse team, and its publication; we hope she will continue to work on it. We are all sure that Fedora will not abandon the Domus Aurea, but that, albeit in different ways, she will continue to offer her scholarly contribution to the works and projects that she helped to shape and that we all share. The new Director of the monument is Ida Sciortino, who has been a member of the Domus Aurea staff for over twenty years and who has a profound knowledge of the monument and the complex problems it faces; readers will already be familiar with her as the coordinator of this blog and the authors of several articles.

Fedora and Ida – SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

Fedora and Ida – SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

We do not want to say goodbye to Fedora but “see you soon”, wishing her every happiness in her new life, and to Ida a warm welcome and “good luck”!

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The Domus Aurea worksite opened on Sunday 26 October!

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We have worked hard, but are extremely pleased with the result. On Sunday morning before 9, the first visitors were already outside the gate. They didn’t have long to wait: after putting on their yellow hard hats they entered for the first visit at 9.15, accompanied by their guides. The same scene was repeated throughout Sunday: all the visits were sold out and many of the visitors were foreign. We have a feeling that our objective of opening the monument/worksite to the general public was a good idea. The visitors were certainly impressed by the Domus Aurea, for its magnificence and the fascination that in spite of everything it has exerted since the Renaissance, but they were also very attentive to the problems that we face during our rehabilitation work, explained along the route. Continue reading

Press Kit for Conference on 24 October 2014

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DOMUS AUREA PROJECT

OPENING TO THE PUBLIC OF THE WORKSITE

The Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma is opening the Domus Aurea Worksite with guided tours.

The aim of this initiative is to raise public awareness of the complex project to consolidate and maintain the most famous imperial palace in the history of ancient Rome.

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