New lights will illuminate Rome's monuments

New lights for Rome's monuments: a City Council initiative that starts at the Cestia Pyramid and will extend to other Roman monuments.

Some of Rome ’s monuments and archaeological sites will receive special illumination during the holiday season, thanks to an artistic lighting system arranged by Acea.
This initiative was presented by Mayor Virginia Raggi, the deputy mayor of Roma Capitale with responsibility for cultural growth Luca Bergamo, Acea President Luca Lanzalone, Colosseum Archaeological Park archaeological officer Alessandro D’Alessio and Marina Piranomonte of the Special Superintendence of Rome.

The first Roman monument to receive this new luminous “look” on Thursday evening was the Cestia Pyramid, thanks to a system composed of 38 bars and four beams of LED lights that will also enhance the columns and some sections of walls adjacent to the monument. To highlight the details of the surrounding area, the lighting on Porta San Paolo was also enhanced through the installation of 18 LED lamps with different color temperatures.

The next monument will be St. Mark ’s Basilica, which has received an intervention covering the facade, Loggia delle Benedizioni, and portico of the Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist in Piazza Venezia. Four beacons on external support will enhance the facade, and an equal number will also illuminate the portico with a stream of light, directed toward the cross vaults. Two beams of light will then be aimed at the statue of St. Mark surmounting the entrance portal. An illumination play has also been made in the Loggia delle Benedizioni.

On the occasion of the "Feast of Rome 2018," on December 31, the entire front of the Palatine overlooking the Circus Maximus and all internal archaeological areas will again be illuminated. The modernization and restoration works concern the lighting system of the Domus Severiana, Stadium, Domus Augustana, Domus Flavia and Pedagogium. To carry out this new project, state-of-the-art LED equipment is being implemented, 98 projectors with high color rendering for a power of 4,660 watts.

Image: the Cestia Pyramid at night. Ph. Credit 3impact

New lights will illuminate Rome's monuments
New lights will illuminate Rome's monuments