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Centrale Montemartini, Rome

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Visit the approximately 400 Roman statues, inscriptions, and mosaics at Centrale Montemartini, an industrial archaeological site showcasing the artifacts recovered from excavations during the unification of Italy. Housed in an abandoned power plant, the museum juxtaposes ancient statues and art with the steel machinery of industrialism, bringing up interesting questions about the course of human development and civilization. Don't miss iconic exhibits like “Venus in the Boiler Room.” Plan to see Centrale Montemartini and other attractions that appeal to you using our Rome vacation generator.
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  • A truly unique experience. Off the classic venues of the beauties of Rome, lies this old power plant by early 900 in which they were very well set back about 300 Roman statues. A strong contrast, charming and quite unique. In December, on a Saturday night, with theatre and music I was literally kidnapped by a unique atmosphere. Not to be missed.
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  • Brainchild italico, that when is free to express themselves can lead to these results, creating a museum space between the machinery of what was once a powerhouse who served the city until 1913. Since 2000 has become the only archaeological museum in this kind of setting and too bad it's not very crowded, being a little out from those that are the usual tourist routes. Downstairs are the oldest burial so far discovered paintings in Rome: the Grave Rams (named after its discoverer) discovered in 1875 on the Esquiline Hill and now recognized by most as the tomb of Aulus Atilius Calatinus, who according to the triumphal fasti celebrated the triumph in 257 av. CR. (we are in the middle of the first Punic War, 264-241) as praetor (who was such as can be seen from the remains of paintings that show six lictors, (the Consul had twelve) A few meters from this tomb, in the same year, another tomb was discovered, with fragments of frescoes (exhibited in our Museum) from the time of the Samnite wars (late fourth and early third century av. Christ) and recognized as one of the great leader q. Fabius Maximus Rullianus, uncle of Aulus Atilius Calatinus (in the fresco are two characters, one bare-chested and the other in toga with the names of Fanius and Fabio) not far exposes fragments of sculptures in peperino, from the Via Tiburtina near the Verano cemetery, belonging to a sacred area consecrated to Hercules where the leaders would stop to ' purify ' before you start the actual ceremony of the triumph that would take them up on top of the Temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline Hill. Then a series of portraits of the late Republican age, when still prevailed the aesthetic that showed the portrayed with those who were his true features, not altered by any form of idealization. Among them is a head with a portrait of Caesar dated 50-44 av. Christ and the celebrated togato Barberini, holding in hands portraits of his father and grandfather, a privilege reserved for nobles to remember using wax the face masks of their deceased. The head of the Toga, albeit old, wasn't recognized relevant to the rest of the statue. Note a splendid portrait of Princess Hellenistic, recognized sometimes as Isis, as found in the sanctuary of the same goddess in a cross from the current Via Labicana, together with that of a Venus type Arles, at Centrale Montemartini. Upstairs are the remains of frontonal decoration of the Temple of Apollo sosianus (see also the "my review on said Temple entitled respect historic upset, but ...) representing scenes of amazonomachy and then, nearby, the colossal head of divinity which was to decorate the temple HUIUSCE DIEI (of fortune that day) the circular Temple in largo di Torre Argentina, built daLutazio Catulus , console with Mario who in 101 BC. Christ defeated the Cimbri and the Teutons. The statue (of which there are fragments of a foot and an arm) was an acrolith (parts nude in marble or stone, and others, of other materials, including wood) that were covered with clothes to give the audience the idea that even the gods dressed to the way of ordinary mortals ... If I remember correctly was the archaeologist Marchetti Longhi digging this colossal statue in 1929 , golden age for Roman Archaeology, together with that of the years 70/80 of the century before. It won't get lost, a wonderful statue in basanite (kind of dark green marble from Egypt) by Agrippina the younger, mother of Nero (the head is a plaster cast of the original, now in the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek of Copenhagen) and the famous statue recognized by Simmaci as well as a victory as Lanciani sublime mosaic from the early 4th century A.D. with hunting scenes from horti Licianiani (near Termini station , via Giolitti) and always there are statues of two judges in the Act of throwing the cloth to kick off to the races of the circus and the statue of a young girl sitting in the Act of hooking into the caligae, fine copy of age of Adrian from Hellenistic Greek original and then a statue of the Muse Polyhymnia, perturbing delicate Parian marble, found in a tunnel in the area of the horti Variani (santa Croce in Gerusalemme). There would be other masterpieces to be listed in this which I think is the most beautiful archaeological museum of Rome! but I would like to quote a pentelic marble Roman copy Niobid, Athens marble, found in Via Saffi in the Trastevere area of the Horti of Caesar (see my review on the Trastevere entitled ... and there were even Caesar's horti) worth going to the Centrale Montemartini!
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  • This place leaves you speechless: love the mix and this is really successful and allows you to see the ancient statues from an absolutely original and unpublished. The redevelopment of the factory couldn't be better and will certainly recommend this quiet and away from the tourist crowds to anyone who wanted to see a different Rome.
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  • This museum is a gem. Easily one of my favorites in the world based upon its location situated in an old power plant and the great collection. You won't be bothered by big crowds, and you can buy a combo ticket that will get you into the Capitoline Museums, too. Go here first, get the combo ticket and avoid waiting in line when you head into the center of the city and check out the Capitoline Museums.
  • A very suggestive museum! Really interesting things to see here.
  • A very alternative museum, inside there is an old diesel electrical power plant from the 20s' mixed with some interesting Roman statues and mosaics, the contrast between old and new is striking; a little museum that represents beautifully the concept of the "Deus ex machina"
  • Simply breathtaking, and going somewhere no other museum has gone. The giant machinery is interesting in its own right, but juxtapose it with classical artworks and all of a sudden you've got genius. Definitely one of my favorite museums, it has yet to find much of an audience but if you're a design or art fan it'll linger in your memory forever.
  • One of the many Rome's hidden treasures. Marbles from old noble Roman villas merge with late 1800 industrial machinery, wonderfully preserved. Rarely crowded, well maintained, it might end out as one of the highlights in a vacanza Romana.