A significant piece of ancient history has made a comeback in Rome with the official opening of the Museum of the Forma Urbis. The museum is located in a new archaeological park near the Colosseum, and it is part of the city’s plan to attract more tourists. During the opening, Rome Mayor Roberto Gualtieri expressed his happiness, highlighting the project’s goal of connecting the city’s streets with its museums, giving visitors a chance to enjoy the city’s beauty and understand its history.

The Forma Urbis is a detailed marble map made between 203 and 211 AD during the time of Emperor Septimius Severus. It is a large map, about 18 by 13 meters, showing the layout of ancient Rome. Even though it slowly fell apart over time, about 10% of the map has survived, including parts showing the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. These surviving pieces, not shown together since 1924, are now in the museum, displayed on a copy of an 18th-century map of Rome by Giovanni Battista Nolli. This new setup helps people understand how ancient Rome was organized and its connection to the developing Renaissance city. The open-air park around the museum, on Caelian Hill, adds to Rome’s efforts to improve the area, connecting important historic sites like the Imperial Forums, Roman Forum, Colosseum, and the Appia Antica region.