Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

ITALY NEWS #28 - September 4, 2007

Ancient garden from Babylonia to Rome

Florence, Boboli Gardens, Limonaia - Until October 28, 2007


The spectacular setting of the Lemon grove of the Boboli Gardens hosts over one hundred and fifty finds from the digs in Pompeii and Herculaneum, from the Capitolini Museums, the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, the Uffizi, the Vatican Museums and other prestigious Italian and foreign institutions.  The exhibition includes a series of classical examples of garden art: from the roof gardens of Babylonia, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, to the fantastic gardens of Greek Myths, the sacred garden bordering places of worship, green areas which during Hellenistic times became an integral part of study and research institutions.  Water throughout all the sections of the exhibition, is a theme as well.  Archaeological finds and working models will enable visitors to observe the different water ways achieved on the basis of the technologies available during each of the Mesopotamian, Hellenistic and Roman eras. The exhibition ends on the large lawns in front of the Lemon grove in Boboli Gardens with the charming reconstruction of two Pompeii gardens of the House of Painters at Work and the House of the Vettii.


Trento - Castello dl Buonconsiglio - Until November 4th, 2007

From the first millennium B.C. to the Middle Ages, a succession of nomadic peoples dominated the boundless horizons of the steppe extending from Asia to Eastern Europe. This exhibition renders a vivid image of this era, through the valuable testimonies that came to the light in the vast lands of the Ukraine.  The central theme of the exhibition held in Buonconsiglio Castle in Trento revolves around the glittering splendor of jewels, the power of weapons adorned with gold and gems, and the sumptuousness of ceremonial banqueting earthenware, signs of the prestige and power of the knights of the steppe. Blazing ornaments for garments and headgear, earrings, pendants, bracelets, breastplates and even gold swords demonstrate the splendor of the aristocratic life of these knight princes of the steppe.  The exhibition is introduced by an important selection of testimonies relating to the first sedentary and farming peoples who preceded the nomadic cultures.

Daughters, mothers, wives and concubines

Milan - Municipal Museum of Archaeology - Until November 28, 2007


The exhibition retraces the evolution of women over the Centuries, from Egyptian times to the early Middle Ages; from the Greek world to the Etruscan and Roman eras, visitors can see how the major aspects of female life were considered, from birth and the events connected to it (such as abandonment, very widespread in the ancient world), to education, marriage, tasks assigned, both in their private and public life. The first section presents the major moments in a woman's life both in the private universe of her home, as well as in her public life, following in each culture the perception of women by the society at the time. The second section provides a biographical trail that retraces the life of ambitious sovereigns, daunting ladies of the court, sensitive literary women and learned courtesans, some who have sunk into oblivion and others who made history and remained famous to date.  The finds are all part of the municipal collections, some which have never been exhibited in public before.


Roma - September 7-8, 2007 -

The fifth edition of the Notte Bianca will be held on Saturday September 8th, an event that Italy’s capital can no longer do without. Since 2003 four editions of the great collective event have been organized with thousands of people taking part in it every year. Romans, Italian and foreign tourists of all ages have shared the emotions of this unique experience with enthusiasm and curiosity, allowing the serene production of a myriad of activities and thereby decreeing their success. And so, once again for the year 2007 the Notte Bianca returns with its energy, filling the streets, the squares, the monuments, museums, private art galleries, shops and the theatres as well as places of art and culture in the entire city, from the center to the suburbs. 


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