The project for the new Roman Section at the Musei di Palazzo Farnese involved, as a first stage, retrieving and restoring the basement displays in the Cittadella dei Visconti and of Palazzo Farnese for use in other installations.

The new section adds an important piece to the puzzle of our knowledge about the history of Piacenza which, thanks to its strategic position on the river plains bordering the Po, was at the centre of a fertile trading system in Roman times and became an important colony with Latin Rights.

More than 500 finds will be exhibited in the halls, illustrating the history of Piacenza from its founding in 218 BC and improving our understanding of the Roman city, from its town planning and road layout, its businesses, its public and private buildings, and its daily life to its cemeteries and religious rituals. The last hall will give an account of the fall of the Roman Empire, and will show works relating to the Longobardian culture.

The entire exhibition itinerary will be dotted with multimedia systems, reconstructions of Roman scenes and “talking exhibits”, but it is primarily the objects themselves and the marvellous spaces in which they are shown that will tell the tale of more than a thousand years of Piacenza’s past.