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M1 (red line) Palestro
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The new headquarters of the Fondazione Luigi Rovati, in the historic building in Corso Venezia 52 in front of the Indro Montanelli Gardens, opened to the public this summer. The foundation, a scientific-cultural institution founded in 2016 and named after the doctor, researcher and pharmaceutical entrepreneur Luigi Rovati, goes beyond the traditional concept of a museum, but aims to be a place for thought, experimentation and sharing.
The complex, which underwent a major renovation started in 2017 by MCA-Mario Cucinella Architects, includes the garden with the Pavilion, the Lecture Hall, the Study Hall, the Johan&Levi Museum Shop, the Café-bistrot and the gastronomic restaurant of chef Andrea Aprea.
The central element of the complex restoration of the Palazzo, consisting of seven floors, two of which are underground, is the creation of an underground museum housing the Luigi Rovati Foundation’s Etruscan collection. The first floor, on the other hand, is designed as a museum space where contemporary works can be exhibited in dialogue with archaeological finds. The other floors of the building house the functions related to the museum’s activities: the offices, the study room, the conference room, temporary exhibition spaces and storage for the collections.