Friday evening - June 17th: History & Fun - event takes place in center of Rome (Metro: COLOSSEO)
Organised by Toastmasters Roma - Cost: for the dinner everyone pays his/her own food, for the show in the Roman Forum EUR 27 for the two combined shows
Tickets for the show must be purchased in advance, make sure you are booked for the event as tickets may not be available at the last moment.
18:30 meeting at Hotel American Palace to go to metro stop LAURENTINA
18:40/19:00 travel from metro stop LAURENTINA to metro stop COLOSSEO, then walk to restaurant
19:15 - dinner at Pizzeria/Ristorante Luzzi, Via di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 88 angolo via Celimontana https://www.tripadvisor.it/Restaurant_Review-g187791-d1170712-Reviews-Luzzi-Rome_Lazio.html - the place is a pizzeria and a restaurant - cost foreseen around EUR 20/25 depending on what you eat and drink
20:20/20:40 - walk from restaurant along Via dei Fori Imperiali to VIA ALESSANDRINA, LARGO CORRADO RICCI SIDE, entrance to show - we must be there by 20:45
21:00 - first history show in the Foro di Augusto
21:40 - end of show
21:40/22:20 - walk to Piazza Venezia and then Fontana di Trevi, and then back to TRAJAN’S COLUMN
22:20 we must be next to TRAJAN’S COLUMN, entrance to the second show - we must be there by 22:25
22:40 - second history show in the Foro di Cesare
23:35 - end of show, walk to metro stop COLOSSEO and then back to Hotel American Palace
To arrive to the restaurant and the Forum the best metro stop is COLOSSEO on line B. If you are staying at Hotel American Palace the metro line B stop is just next tp the hotel and it is called LAURENTIAN. From there it takes about 20 minutes to COLOSSEO stop.
Info on the two shows at the Roman Forum
(see details at http://www.viaggioneifori.it/en/ - http://www.italysbestrome.com/roman-forum-light-show/ )
Through special audio systems with headphones the spectators will listen to music, special effects and the story narrated by Piero Angela in 8 languages (Italian, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Japanese, German and Chinese).
The spectators will be accompanied by the voice of Piero Angela and by some amazing videos and reconstructions that show places as they looked like at the time of Augustus: a thrilling representation which combines historical and scientific rigor with entertainment.
See a video presentation here: https://youtu.be/gDXBt-crlBc
First show at 21:00 (duration 40 minutes) FORO DI AUGUSTO
While spacing on various aspects of the Roman world, the story is still anchored to the site of Augustus, creatively using the remains of the Forum to try to let the stones “speak” for themselves. Besides the faithful reconstruction of the area, with special effects of all kinds, the story focuses on the figure of Augustus, whose giant statue, over 12 meters high, dominated the area next to the temple.
A new period of Roman history started under Augustus: as a matter of fact the imperial age was one of great achievement, within a century Rome ruled over an empire which extended from current England to the borders of the modern Iraq, including most of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. These achievements led to the expansion not only of the empire, but also of culture, technologies, legal rules, art. Traces of that past are still visible in all parts of the Empire, with amphitheaters, baths, libraries, temples, roads.
Besides, after Augustus many other emperors left their mark in the Imperial Fora building their own Forum.
Rome at that time had more than one million inhabitants: no city in the world had ever had a population of those proportions; only London in the XIX century reached that size. It was the great metropolis of antiquity: the capital of economics, law, power and entertainment.
Second show at 22:40 (duration 55 minutes) FORO DI CESARE
To watch the traveling show at the Forum of Caesar, the access will be through the staircase located near the Trajan’s Column. To reach the Forum of Caesar the public will pass through the Forum of Trajan on a walkway and under the underground tunnel of the Imperial Fora, opened for the first time after the excavations of the last century.
The visit seeks to evoke the role of the Forum in the life of the Romans but also the figure of Julius Caesar.
The story narrated by Piero Angela, accompanied by reconstructions and videos, starts from the history of the excavations made for the construction of Via dei Fori Imperiali, when an “army” of 1,500 construction workers were mobilized in an unprecedented work: razing to the ground an entire neighborhood and digging out the area until the level of ancient Rome was reached.
Thus the story starts from the remains of the majestic Temple of Venus, built by Julius Caesar after his victory over Pompey, to lead the spectators into the excitement of the daily life in Ancient Rome, when officials, plebeians, militaries, matrons, consuls and senators strolled under the arches of the Forum. Ancient taberne reapper among these colonnades, they were used as offices and shops of the Forum and, among these, of particular interest is the shop of a nummulario, a sort of currency exchange point of the timeThere was also a large public toilet of which there are curious remains.
The visit seeks to evoke the role of the Forum in the life of the Romans but also the figure of Julius Caesar. To accomplish this great work, Caesar had to expropriate and demolish an entire neighborhood, at the total cost of 100 million gold coins, the equivalent of at least 300 million euros. Caesar also wanted that the new headquarters of the Roman Senate, the Curia, was built right next to his court. A building that still exists and that, through a virtual reconstruction, you can review as it appeared at that time.
In those years, while the power of Rome grew dramatically, the Senate was very weakened and it was in this situation of internal crisis that Caesar was able to get special and perpetual political power. Through the story narrated by Piero Angela spectators will get to know more about this intelligent and ambitious man, idolized by some, hated and feared by others.