03.06.2015 - 31.10.2015

Etruscans@Expo. A “Room of Wonders”

Guided tours by appointment only for the public and schools
Exhibitions and interactive installations + multimedia and interactive installations in an Etruscan setting
General public
Via Festa del Perdono 7

Academic contact: Giovanna Bagnasco Gianni


Located in the heart of the University’s historical building, Etruscans@Expo is a hyper-technological “Room of Wonders” created by the Kuma & Associates studio of architects. A multimedia and multisensory installation lets the visitor explore the themes of Expo 2015 – from food to the environment – through the millenary culture of the Etruscans and the convivial ritual of the banquet central to it.

A life-size reproduction of the Tomb of the Funeral Bed in Tarquinia allows the visitor to envisage himself as an early explorer and, with the help of multimedia installations, augmented realities and 3D holographic systems, serves as a portal for a conceptual voyage through history and the present in the fascinating world of the Etruscans.

The use of Google Glass allows access to extra multisensory contents. Throughout the itinerary, the richly decorated wall frescoes of three other Painted Tombs in Tarquinia become touchscreens to access information on food and correlated topics: environment, personal care, music and dance. Present are the latest findings on Etruscan history and culture, collected thanks to an invitation extended to active Etruscan researchers throughout the world and to parallel links with the initiatives of the project “La Statale per Expo” (“The University of Milan for Expo”).

Under the aegis of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Heritage and Tourism – Archaeological Department of Latium and Southern Etruria, of the Institute of Etruscan and Italic Studies, Etruscans@Expo is a project of the Departments of Cultural and Environmental Heritage and of Computer Science, University of Milan, within the context of the CRC “Tarquinia Project”, an international model of excellence recognized by the League of European Research Universities (LERU), of which the University of Milan is the only participating Italian university.

Further details can be found under “Camera delle Meraviglie” on the etruscologia.unimi.it website.