Feeding the Empire. Tales of food from Rome and Pompei

02/07 - 15/11/2015
Museo dell'Ara Pacis,
Ara Pacis new exhibition space

The exhibition, organized for the EXPO 2015, talks about food during the Imperial age, when around the Mediterranean basi, took place the first “globalization of consumptions”
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What and how did the ancient Romans use to eat? How did they use to carry hundreds of tons of supplies from the world’s most remote corners? How could they make them go back from the Tiber to the heart of the city? And how could they keep them during all the year? The answer is given by the exhibition “Nutrire l’Impero. Storie di alimentazione da Roma a Pompei”which gives us an image on how the Romans used to eat by the finding of the rare and prestigious archeological finds, the models, the multimedia devices as well as the reconstructions.

After the Pax Romana, around the Mediterranean basin began the “globalization of consumptions” with the “delocalization of production” of raw materials. During the Imperial age the Romans used to drink a lot of wine made in Gallia, Crete and Cyprus. The rich people used to drink the expensive wines made in Campania; they used the oil coming by the sea from Andalusia; they  loved the greek honey and especially the garum, a dressing coming from Africa, from the eastern mediterranean area, from the remote Portugal, but also by the near Pompei. But especially the bread they used to eat every day was a product imported, made with the grain coming on big boats form Africa and Egypt.

The exhibition shows us all the different solutions adopted by the Romans for the food suppliesand distribution by using land transports but especially the sea transport. In addition to these subjects the exhibition faces the “massive distribution” and the food consumption among the different social classes in two symobolic places: Rome, the largest and most overcrowded ancient town, and the Vesuvius area, with particular attention to Pompei, Ercolanum and Oplontis, All reach places of Campania.


Museo dell'Ara Pacis
, Ara Pacis new exhibition space
Opening hours

2 July - 15 November 2015:

Open daily, from 9.30 to 19.30 (last admission at 18.30);

Please Note: please check our Notice page for special openings and/or temporary closures

Entrance ticket

Free admission, except for the Ara Pacis new exhibition space, to residents in Rome  on the first Sunday of the month

From July, 2 to November, 15  2015:
Ara Pacis Museum only Tickets:
Adults € 10,50  
Concessions € 8,50 
Roman Citizens only (by showing a valid ID): 
Adults € 8,50  
Concessions € 6,50
Concessions and free admission

Museum + exhibition "Nutrire l'Impero. Storie di alimentazione da Roma e Pompei”:
Adults € 17,00  
Concessions € 13,00
Roman Citizens only (by showing a valid ID):
 - Adults: € 16,00;
 - Concessions: € 12,00;

Exhibition “Nutrire l'Impero. Storie di alimentazione da Roma e Pompei” only Tickets (entrance from Via di Ripetta):
Adults € 11,00  
Concessions € 9,00
School groups: € 4,00;
Family: € 22,00 (2 adults and children under 18 years of age); 

 - residents in the European Union aged between 6 and 25;
 - Teachers;
 - Journalists with press card (professionals, practitioners, freelance);
 - RomaPass card-holders (3rd entrance onwards);

 Free admission:
 - Children up to 6 years
 - Union disabled visitors and a carer
 - European Union Tourist Guides
 - Tourist interpreters from the European Union
 - Members of ICOMOS, ICOM, ICCROM, Accademia dei Lincei, Istituto Studi Romani, Amici dei Musei di RomaICOMOS,
 - RomaPass card-holders (1st and 2nd entrance)

Tickets can also be purchased by credit card and ATM


Online tickets
For the Capitoline Museums or Ara Pacis simply present your printed receipt at the turnstiles, bypassing the ticket office queue. 


In Italian, English, French, German, Spanish: € 4,00


060608 (every day from 9.00 to 21.00)

Exhibition|Archeology, Exhibition|Multimedia
Other information

Promoted by: 
Assessorato alla Cultura e al Turismo di Roma – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, Assessorato a Roma produttiva e Città Metropolitana ed EXPO

Cura scientifica di
Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali e Soprintendenza speciale per Pompei, Ercolano e Stabia

Ideazione e coordinamento scientifico
Claudio Parisi Presicce e Orietta Rossini

Zètema Progetto Cultura

Ricostruzioni multimediali e catalogo
L’Erma di Bretschneider

Musei Civici Sponsors
MasterCard Priceless Rome

With the technical assistance of


Si ringrazia
Associazione "Porto di Ripetta"

Web site


Press Room

Data conferenza
01/07/2015 - 14:00

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