Feste, danze e furori

From the Dionysian procession to the Carnival. Archaeological recoveries by the Guardia di Finanza
10/02 - 11/03/2012
Musei Capitolini

The exhibition addresses some of the rites of ancient Rome which have developed into today's Carnival: the Saturnalia, the Bacchanalia and, more generally, the festivals celebrated by the Romans.

Dionysus or Bacchus, the maenads, the satyrs, the Amazons are the focus of this exhibition which, through some 20 archaeological finds of fragments of frescoes, kylix, amphora and, more generally, vases, all dating from the sixth century BC to the first century AD, aims to focus on the stories of ancient culture linked to festivals. This is an exhibition with works recovered through the long and laborious investigation of the Archaeological Heritage Protection Group of the Guardia di Finanza. The exhibition is curated by Major Massimo Rossi, Commandant of the Archaeological Heritage Protection Group of the Guardia di Finanza, with Fabrizio Porcaroli.


Musei Capitolini
Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 am - 8.00 - Last admission 1 hour before cllosing time
Monday: closed

Entrance ticket

Capitoline Museums admission fees apply:
"Museum + Exhibition" Combined Ticket:
- Adults: € 12,00;
- Concessions: € 10,00;
- Ridottissimo special price: € 2,00;
Roman Citizens only (by showing a vaild ID):
- Adults: € 11,00;
- Concessions: € 9,00;
- Ridottissimo special price: € 2,00;

"Capitoline Museums + Centrale Montemartini + Exhibition" Combined Ticket:
- Adults: € 14,00;
- Concessions: € 12,00;
Roman Citizens only (by showing a vaild ID):
- Adults: € 13,00;
- Concessions: € 11,00;

Please note: According to the Municipal by-law n. 32 of 26/03/2009 and due to the exceptionality of the exhibition Lux in arcana - The Vatican Secret Archive reveals itself, people usually entitled to free admission must purchase a € 2,00 concessionary ticket. Free admission is only granted to: elementary and intermediate school groups; disabled visitors and a carer; Roma Pass holders if used for one of the first two free admissions.

- Groups (max 30 visitors): guided tours are available either for the museum and/or exhibition. A booking service is available for groups (max 30 visitors) for an additional booking fee of € 25,00;
- Schools (max 30 pupils/students): guided tours are available; bookings are required for the admission.

Booking for individual visitors is available only when purchasing online tickets. If you book in advance you can skip the line by going directly to the ticket window.

Phone booking: Tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am - 9.00 pm)

Online tickets:
Additional booking fee: € 1,00.


Tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am - 9.00 pm)

Booking compulsory:

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