Reggio, mid-August bridge: boom in visitors to the Riace Bronzes. Over 5700


By John

“Our museums are a wealth of the nation, they strengthen the identity and awareness of our history. They are an essential part of the beauty that Italy offers to its citizens and to the world. Each museum is a cultural experience that deserves to be lived . These significant numbers confirm that we are doing a good job. First of all, I thank those who, during these holidays, have worked to ensure the usability of the sites. Yesterday I personally went to the Colosseum and the National Roman Museum to meet some female workers and workers who were present on August 15th. Thank you for your commitment”.

The Minister of Culture declares it, Gennaro Sangiulianocommenting on the numbers relating to admissions to state museums and archaeological parks during the long August bank holiday.

The overall data and those for the day of 15 August are shown below.

Total admissions 12-13-14-15 August 2023

Archaeological Park of the Colosseum – Colosseum. Flavian Amphitheater 95,853; Pompeii archaeological park – Pompeii archaeological area 62,269; Archaeological Park of the Colosseum – Roman Forum and Palatine Hill 53.257; Uffizi Galleries – The Uffizi 35,351; Pantheon 29.034; Gallery of the Academy of Florence 24.415; Royal Palace of Caserta 18,470; National Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo and Passetto di Borgo 17,984; Villae – Villa d’Este 12,438; Uffizi Galleries – Palazzo Pitti 9.374; Palace of Venaria 8,280; Galleria Borghese 7,720; Herculaneum Archaeological Park 7.015; Archaeological park of Paestum and Velia – Museum and archaeological area of ​​Paestum 6,887; Royal Museums of Turin 6,683; Historical Museum and the Miramare Castle Park – Historical Museum 6.286; National Archaeological Museum of Naples 5,830; MArRC – National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria 5.730; National Gallery of the Marches 4,972; Brera Art Gallery 4,912; Blue Grotto 4,841; Royal Palace of Naples 4,782; Castel Sant’Elmo and Museo del Novecento in Naples 4,374; Villae – Hadrian’s Villa 4,196; Bargello Museums – Medici Chapels 3,952; Ducal Palace of Mantua 3,366; MuNDA – National Museum of Abruzzo 3.177; Baths of Caracalla 2,711 Bargello Museums – Bargello National Museum 2,497; Galleries of the Academy of Venice 2,374; National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art 2,093; Farnese Palace of Caprarola 2.021; Charterhouse of San Lorenzo 1.935; National Gallery of Umbria 1,767; Capodimonte Museum 1.611; Monumental complex of the Pilotta 1.572; Archaeological Park of Cerveteri and Tarquinia – Necropolis of Monterozzi and National Archaeological Museum of Tarquinia 1.517; National Museums of Genoa – Royal Palace of Genoa 1.514; Certosa and Museum of San Martino 1,472; National Galleries of Ancient Art – Palazzo Barberini 1.315; Roman National Museum – Palazzo Massimo 1.101; National Art Gallery of Bologna 1.025; National Museum of Villa Pisani 1.024.

Added to these figures are the 50,702 visitors to the Vittoriano and the 18,506 to the Uffizi Galleries – Boboli Gardens.

Boom at the MARC in Reggio Calabria

Porto Forticchio di Riace Marina, morning of 16 August 1972: the diver Stefano Mariottini sighted the Riace Bronzes 300 meters from the coast and 8 meters deep. Respectively 1.98 and 1.97 m high, the two statues have a weight of 160 kg, from the original 400 kg of the find, by virtue of the removal of the fusion earth. Built around the mid-fifth century BC by a single master, their identification is still a mystery today. And it is precisely in the days that preceded the 51st anniversary of the discovery that the MARC of Reggio Calabria celebrates the many presences with 5730 visitors between 12 and 15 August.