Dear blog readers and enthusiasts,
I am particularly happy to announce, on behalf of all of the Domus Aurea staff (and in answer to some questions that we have recently been asked), that work to build the second functional batch of the Integrated Protection System on the Oppian Hill will begin shortly. Continue reading
Dear blog readers,
we left each other in August 2015 with a wish: that we would be able to count as soon as possible on adequate additional funding, on top of the ordinary Soprintendenza funds, for the project to rehabilitate the Domus Aurea. Continue reading
We have begun a public awareness raising and consultation initiative on the projects underway in the Oppian Hill Park, with special reference to the area surrounding the Domus Aurea, and their future development. Continue reading
Work to consolidate the interior of the monument, completed in rooms 22 and 23, Continue reading
The parallel drawn by Sigmund Freud between psychoanalysis and archaeology, or more accurately between the work of the psychoanalyst and the archaeologist, is well known to all. Continue reading
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 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
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
We will later publish the brochure prepared by the staff when work ended and a short press release on the event.
We would like to call readers’ attention to an interesting article (in Italian) with the title “Dal Madeinitaly al BrandItalia: una storia italiana”. We would like to deal with this issue in greater depth by starting a discussion on the Domus Aurea Worksite as a possible symbol of a new way of understanding “Italian value” that is not a function “only” of its immense cultural heritage and its infinite potential for exploitation but, especially in the eyes of the world, of a coherent and complex set of cultural, technical, scientific and entrepreneurial skills that, by ensuring its conservation, can contribute to the development and recognition of our national identity.
These concepts were clearly expressed, quoting Article 9 of the Italian Constitution, by the Italian Constitutional Court in a ruling of 1986 referring to the “primacy” of aesthetic and cultural value, which cannot be subordinated to other values, including economic ones; rather, it notes that the economy itself should draw inspiration from culture as a mark of its Italian identity. The promotion of knowledge and the safeguard of artistic heritage are not therefore just one activity ‘among the many’ for the Italian Republic but are enshrined in the Constitution and Italy’s millennial identity as a fundamental, public and inalienable mission (drawn from a speech made in 2003 by the then President of the Republic C. A. Ciampi (http://www.quirinale.it/Discorsi/Discorso.asp?id=22144).
Can the Domus Aurea, thanks to our Worksite aimed at its physical and cultural rehabilitation, become a symbol of a new Italian Renaissance for the second time in its history? If the answer is yes, would it not be worth guaranteeing its completion at all costs, precisely to suggest a new path towards the genuine rehabilitation of our country?
Detail of a painted decoration in the Domus Aurea – SOPRINTENDENZA Archive
Spring at the Domus Aurea with a view over the Colosseum– SOPRINTENDENZA Archive