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The Roman Empire Full Experience

Piazza D'Ara Coeli, 16

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The Roman Empire Full Experience

Combine your entrance to the Roman Empire Museum with the visit to The Centrale Montemartini, extraordinary example of conversion of an old industrial plant into a museum.

The Roman Empire Museum has a fascinating collection of art and artefacts all telling the fascinating history of Rome. The Centrale Montemartini is the new exhibition space for the Musei Capitolini in the first public thermoelectric power plant.

Welcome to the world’s first museum! The Roman Empire Museum has a fascinating collection of art and artefacts all telling the fascinating history of Rome. In 1734 Pope Clementine XII decided to make a significant collection of artwork and ancient sculptures permanently accessible to the people of Rome.

With this magnanimous act, he created the world's first museum - it's on top of one of the Seven Hills of Rome, overlooking the Ancient Roman Forum. It's a melting pot of history. See the famous she-wolf sculpture featuring Rome's founders Romulus and Remus, and see a treasure chest of items telling the story of Rome, the ancient Caput Mundi.

Visit The Centrale Montemartini, Rome first ever public thermoelectric power plant, to produce electricity for public lighting and for the first private users in the past. The history if the new exhibition space for the Musei Capitolini in the former Montemartini Thermoelectric Centre, an extraordinary example of industrial archaeology converted into a museum, began in 1997 with the transfer of hundreds of sculptures to the new location during the restructuring works carried out across much of the Capitoline complex. The exhibition was entitled “The machines and the gods”: it put side by side two diametrically opposed worlds, those of classical art and industrial archaeology.

In an atmospheric game of contrasts, the old machinery of electricity production became the backdrop for masterpieces of ancient sculpture and precious goods found in the excavations of the late nineteenth century and the 1930s. The display reconstructs some of the great monumental complexes and illustrates the development of the ancient city from the Republican era to the late imperial age.

 

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Meeting Point: TOURISTATION PIAZZA VENEZIA: Piazza D'Ara Coeli, 16 
(Next to Piazza Venezia. Facing the Vittorio Emanuele Building, keep walking on the right hand side, cross the bus stop and the gardens. There is a small fountain in front of the office).

Highlights:

  • Enjoy the central piazza that sits between the Roman Empire Museum buildings, stroll its long, elegant lines and appreciate the architecture of Michelangelo overlooking the Roman Forum
  • Discover the Central Montemartini, Rome first ever public thermoelectric power plant, extraordinary example of conversion of an old industrial plant into a museum
  • Admire the selection of art pieces originally displayed in the exhibition “The Gods and the machines” in 1997.
  • A complete renovation of an electric power station with its turbines and boilers. 
  • View the historic sculpture of the she-wolf of Rome suckling Romulus and Remus, which tells the foundation myth of the Eternal City
  • See a treasure trove of items relating to the history of Rome itself
What's included: 
  • Roman Empire Museum Admission Ticket with reservation
  • Centrale Montemartini Admission Ticket with reservation
  • 25 minutes Ancient Rome Multimedia Video
  • City APP: download your own city map and audio guide (available in 6 languages). The audio guide will draw your attention to the most important aspects and explain the remarkable history of this eternal city
What's not included:
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Food and Drinks
  • Guided tour
  • Public Transport

Duration: one hour for each Museum. 

Timetable: from 10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM, everyday except on Monday.

Roman Empire Museum is in Piazza del Campidoglio 1.
Centrale Montemartini is located in Via Ostiense 106.

COVID-19: IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Masks are required, please bring your own
  • Temperature checks are mandatory
  • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
  • To reduce crowds, the number of visitors is limited