Rome, at the Vittoriano shots of the deserted Eternal City during the lockdown

From Jan. 20 to Feb. 28, 2023, the photo exhibition "Rome's Silent Beauty" opens to the public, an immersive, multimedia journey to discover the unusual face of the city during the lockdown months.

Rome Silent Beauty is the title of the exhibition curated by Roberto Koch and Alessandra Mauro, set up in the Zanardelli Hall of the Vittoriano from Jan. 20 to Feb. 28. Promoted and organized by Webuild Group and the VIVE Institute - Vittoriano and Palazzo Venezia, under the patronage of the Municipality of Rome, the exhibition offers an unusual journey through the places of the Eternal City.

Through the shots taken by Moreno Maggi in 2020 during the months of the lockdown, it returns a Rome different from how we are used to travel and experience it. A Rome made extraordinarily beautiful by the silence of those days, in a space normally besieged by traffic and overcrowding, to return the true and stainless face to the city. The exhibition is an itinerary full of photos, videos and multimedia projections that allows visitors to rediscover the sense of a new living, or con-living, taking them on an emotional and intellectual journey to meditate on the meaning of community.

The images have also been illuminating Palazzo Venezia since the past few days, thanks to a videomapping, conceived and realized by Webuild, with projections alternating photos and short plays of light that will be visible every evening from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. until Feb. 28. The initiative aims to reach a wide audience and serves as an additional element of enhancement of the entire Piazza Venezia area.

The exhibition is part of a project that includes the catalog and the volume of the same name ROMA SILENT BEAUTY, published by Rizzoli on behalf of Webuild, which aims to promote a debate on issues related to the conception of a livable city, urban planning and mobility, on possible future paradigms of urban living, turning the experience of the pandemic into an opportunity to rethink urban environments and infrastructure, starting from the needs of communities in a new perspective of sustainability.


“The real beauty at the end of the day lies in the interaction and the stories lived by people in the places to which they belong,” emphasizes Pietro Salini, Webuild CEO, “From this idea we can start again to imagine and design an infrastructure network more adequate to the needs of the 21st century, while respecting the historical legacy and the fascinating stratifications of a capital city like Rome,” Salini continues. “The images are an inspiration to work on the future and plan interventions on a city that must restart from the idea of a great infrastructural project that takes full advantage of our best building and creative skills, to create a more livable city with standards comparable to the world’s great capitals. We need to rethink, re-conceive, re-imagine how to experience cities of art and how to use the extraordinary cultural heritage that our predecessors left us. And rethink accordingly tourism, commerce, urban decorum, transportation, leisure, sports, and all that the city can offer to citizens and those who come to visit.”

“The ROMA SILENT BEAUTY project,” comments VIVE Institute Director Edith Gabrielli, “reconnects with one of the most intense debates of this historical moment, where it gets to the heart of the role of cities, Rome of course included. The questions, numerous and important, range from the issue of transportation to the relationship between supposed centers and supposed suburbs. ROME SILENT BEAUTY is also able to hold together scientific engagement with the ability to attract the public. Moreno Maggi’s photos open viewers’ eyes wide to extremely famous places and place them in a different, in many ways unprecedented, light, also thanks to the immersive mode.”

Rome, at the Vittoriano shots of the deserted Eternal City during the lockdown
Rome, at the Vittoriano shots of the deserted Eternal City during the lockdown