The archaeological site of the Roman Forum of Milan, located in the underground of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, opens to visitors on June 4, 2016.
The Roman Forum was the main square of the Roman civitas, where they carried out major civil and religious activities. It is located in the urban area between Piazza Pio XI, Piazza San Sepolcro and Via della Zecca. This area hosted the platea forensis, the venue of the main public buildings: the Curia (the palace of the local Senate meeting), the Basilica (where justice was administered), the Capitolium (the temple dedicated to the “Trieade Capitolina“: Jupiter , Juno and Minerva), tabernae (shops, craft shops, eating places).
The forum was the real center of ancient Mediolanum, opening, according to the urban habits of the Romans, at the crossroads of the main north-south road axis (the cardo, output from Porta Ticinese) with the east-west (the decumano, corresponding to Corso di Porta Romana). The square, rectangular, occupied an area of 160 meters of length and 50 meters of width, it was the area of political, religious and administrative city, but it was also the center of its business activities.
The Roman Forum came back to light during the restoration work of Biblioteca Ambrosiana, which occurred between 1990 and 1992. Visitors can see part of the floor, made up of white stone slabs “di Verona,” used by the I century AD.
From 4 June until 10 June 2016, every day from 12.00 to 17.30 you can visit the Roman Forum of Milan. The cost of the Roman Forum ticket + Crypt of Leonardo, located close to the Forum, cost 11 € but for MilanoCard holders the ticket for both pf attraction is just 10€.
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