Roman Forum


An open-air museum, integrated into the urban fabric. The lighting project involves the site from the Campidoglio Hill and from the promenade on Via dei Fori Imperiali and to the internal pedestrian paths of the Via Sacra. The lighting fixtures are hidden, in harmony with the surrounding archaeological area. A "realistic" night image is maintained, enhancing the colours, dimensions and shapes of the monuments




Rome – Italy


Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
Astrapto Light Designers

The entire archaeological area of the Palatine Imperial Forum is an open-air museum, an integral part of the urban fabric. The overall conservation project-program includes a new lighting system to give visibility to the site from the Capitol Hill and from the promenade on Via dei Fori Imperiali and the internal pedestrian paths of the Via Sacra. The lighting project proposes the restitution of a "realistic" nocturnal image of the entire area, the real reading of the monuments, materials, colours, dimensions and related scale ratios. The constraints given to the project are respect for the integrity of the place and the finds, the regulations for the protection and safeguarding of the historical heritage, for safety, for the environment. Some stations are installed outside the archaeological area with groups of projectors with control of the optics, of the own and cast shadows, of the glare and of the dispersion of the flows, with sources with excellent color rendering. The remote devices, hidden from view as much as possible, with particular attention to ease of management and maintenance, provide illumination values measured on each monument in harmony with the surrounding archaeological area.
The project of the Via Sacra envisages a new concept of the barrier which will act as a support for the electrical distribution and will have integrated a very small LED lighting system for the illumination of the pedestrian paths with particular attention to the visibility of the ancient plan of irregular and bumpy walking. The lighting project of the Basilica Emilia includes a system of LED luminaires positioned inside the basilica in correspondence with the columns, designed to illuminate the internal wall of the basilica itself with diffused, homogeneous light, controlled illumination values and absence of any possible glare.
Particular attention was given to management and maintenance costs as per resolution of the Lazio Regional Council n°8/2005 and in particular respects the requirement of average luminance values and upward dispersion of the luminous flux.