500 YEARS OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS 1506 - 2006
THE ROMAN NECROPOLIS OF THE VIA TRIUMPHALIS
October 12th, 2006
Among the events organized in celebration of the V Centenary of the Vatican Museums, on October 12th, 2006 the new section of the Roman necropolis of the Via Triumphalis, discovered during the construction of the new parking
The excavations of this new important area were conducted by archaeologists of the Vatican Museums, which brought to light a conspicuous section of the necropolis, which turned out to be the continuation of the section that had already been discovered in the 1950’s. This area is known as the “Necropoli dell’Autoparco” as it was discovered during the construction of the Autoparco vaticano.
The two burial sites, together with the nearby Sections of the “Galea” and the “Annona” constitute part of a large necropolis positioned along the ancient Via Triumphalis, a road which led from Rome to Veio (Isola Farnese) passing through Monte Mario. Thanks to this last discovery, two of the most complete and documented necropolises of Imperial Rome are now accessible in the Vatican City. One being along the Via Cornelia, which can be visited from
The excavations have brought to light approximately forty burial structures of small and medium sizes, as well
In addition, funerary altars, urns, and sarcophagi with figures in bas-relief have been discovered. Of particular interest is the sarcophagus of the young member of the equestrian order Publius Caesilius Victorinus ( 270-
The inscriptions at times state the original trade or the place of these figures, offering a most interesting slice
Thanks to a further revision made to the original project, this new archaeological area has now been enclosed within the structure of the parking lot, taking the name of the pre-existing “Piazzale di Santa Rosa”.
This archaeological complex (Sections of Santa Rosa and “Autoparco”) will be open for visitors on Friday’s
For this occasion the Edizioni D’Arte De Luca published a guide book entitled La necropoli vaticana lungo
UFFICIO STAMPA MUSEI VATICANI
Dott.ssa Lucina Vattuone, Dott.ssa Cristina Gennaccari
Tel. 06 69883041
Fax 06 69885236