SERIES: One square, so many stories series - Under the aegis of Edith Gabrielli, director of VIVE
SPEAKER: Paolo Carafa
DATE: Thursday 4 May, 6 pm
PLACE: Palazzo Venezia, Sala del Refettorio
The walls of Rome were not the city’s boundary. From ancient times an area extending beyond the walls defined and completed the city space, having been established before its foundation. Between the Quirinale and Campidoglio hills and the riverbank various landscapes, structured in different manners over the course of time, lay close to the city and was a part of it. The original form of this small plain that completed the spatial projection of the Roman community was altered and then cancelled. The traces of a long history encompassing the rural districts of the quarters in the large, unified centre that preceded the city were overlaid and stratified: the first political cults, the lands and residences of the last kings and the institutions they reformed; the infrastructures, monuments, amenities and spaces of the Republican city and those of the Imperial city, before its final burial.