The Mausoleum of Augustus reopens in Rome with restorations paid for by the TIM Foundation
After 14 years the monument will return in 2021 to be able to welcome the public.
The Mausoleum of Augustus, an emblematic monument of imperial Rome, will be returned to the public on March 1, 2021, thanks to the far-sighted relationship established between the private entity, the TIM Foundation, and the public administration of Roma Capitale.
This important recovery and restoration project finds its intentions even further back, in 2007, with a series of preliminary archaeological investigations to get everything started and with an international competition aimed at the regeneration of the square and monument with the aim of doing everything by 2014, the two thousandth anniversary of the Emperor. Too bad that, above all due to the intervention of the Superintendency, the project – won by Francesco Cellini – was hindered and in the end things separated: on the one hand the competition for the square, on the other the one for the mausoleum. Directed by the Capitoline Superintendence for Cultural Heritage, the works we are talking about today, on the monument, will give the opportunity to enjoy the Mausoleum and its various stratified functions, as underlined by the Capitoline Superintendent, Maria Vittoria MariniClarelli: “it became a fortress during the Middle Ages, Italian garden in the Renaissance, arena for bullfights in the age of the Grand Tour, auditorium in the early decades of the twentieth century, the Mausoleum was recovered in a political key during the Twenties when it became the Augusteo. For all these phases, the current restoration, with the studies that have accompanied it, has provided important elements of knowledge “. A path without architectural barriers, open, shared and innovative, will run parallel to the urban planning works of the surrounding square (Piazza Augusto Imperatore) started with the end of the first lockdown, in May 2020.
“We started five years ago”, explains the President of the TIM Foundation, Salvatore Rossi. “In this period of time we have worked with Roma Capitale, together with the Capitoline Superintendence, there have been – at times – delays, some misunderstandings, but the important thing now is to be here and be able to write the history of this second and new phase. Recovery and conservation of the artistic and archaeological heritage are among the three fields of intervention of the Foundation and, clearly, this is the most important operation that TIM has done in the course of its ten-year history “.
HOW TO VISIT THE MAUSOLEUM OF AUGUSTUS
From 1 March 2021, the day of the reopening of the Mausoleum, until 21 April 2021, the day on which the birth of Rome occurs, the visit to the monument will be completely free for everyone. For resident Roman citizens, however, free admission will be guaranteed for the entire 2021.
Bookings are open from 21 December 2020 for free also through SF Events Italy.
from Tuesday to Sunday 9.00am-4.00pm (last admission 3.00pm, limited entry every hour) Duration of the visit: about 50 minutes
The visit of the monument also includes several flights of stairs. People with reduced mobility will therefore be able to visit the central area of the monument. From 22 April, the installation of elevators will be completed that will allow everyone to access the chambers of the floors above. The area will be set up with didactic and illustrative panels, for a better orientation of the visitor.
From 1 March to 21 April 2021: free for all From 22 April to 31 December 2021: free only for residents of Rome (rates for non-residents available soon)