In less than one hour from the historic center of Rome, an innovative archaeological museum recalls the religious aura lingering in the ancient site of Lavinium (the present Pratica di Mare) and the mythical connection with its founder Aeneas, heroic progenitor of the Romans.
As transmitted by the traditional account, the glorious origins of Rome are routed in a mythical period even earlier than the traditional founding in the 8th century BC: that one the heroes of the ancient epic poem called “Iliad” were supposed to live in. Over three thousands years ago, it is said that Aeneas, son of the goddess Aphrodite and the prince Anchises, cousin of King Priam of Troy, escaped from his falling hometown and, after a difficult peregrination, landed on the coast belonging to “Latium Vetus” in the Italian peninsula, giving origin to the glorious ancestry of Romulus and Remus.
Opened in 2005, the museum displays the finds dug out in the archaeological sites of the nearby territory, dating between the 9th century BC and the Roman period, as the evidences coming from the so-called Tomb of Aeneas (also referred to as “Heroon of Aeneas”) and the sanctuary of Minerva, where the original terracotta statue of “Minerva Tritonia” dating back to the 5th century BC has been unearthed. An entire section of the museum is dedicated to the Trojan hero and his connection with the sacred area of the Thirteen Altars.
The educational devices are generous and well conceived: the plastic recreations in addition to innovative multimedia technologies contribute to present every object as the protagonist of a tangible and captivating story directly coming from a past, which wavers between myth and history.
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Opening time: from Tuesday to Friday 9.00 am - 2.00 pm; from Saturday to Sunday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm. Ticket office closes 45 minutes before. The museum is closed on Monday. Advance booking is necessary for groups of more than 10 persons (call 0039 0691984744 or email to email@example.com). The archaeological area of the Thirteen Altars and the Heroon of Aeneas is accessible to groups of minimum 10 persons on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, prior authorization from the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Lazio (call 0039 063265961).
Tickets: 3.00€ - 5.00€
Organization: Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Lazio
Director: Gloria Galante