Artistic Lighting in Archaeological Areas: Fori di Traiano and Villa Gordiani

The project for new lighting along Fori di Traiano (Basilica Ulpia and Colonna Traiana), written by the City Council Authority, was implemented by Acea Distribuzione and inaugurated in April 2009.
This lighting system was the first operation specifically for an archaeological area entirely in LED technology. Experiments on LED installations in 2008 involved road lighting and the architectural and monumental lighting for the Acquario Romano, currently used as offices by the Association of Architects.
This technology not only ensures energy savings, but also control over the system via computers that can be programmed both to switch on equipment according to a preset “hierarchy” and to set the intensity of lighting.

The lighting project for the Villa Gordiani archaeological park aimed to capitalize on the archaeological remains in this area – the “Basilica”, the “Mausoleo”, the “aula Absidale”, the “aula Ottagonale” and the “Cisterna” – between Via Prenestina and Viale Venezia Giulia, and the “Cisterna grande” on the opposite side. In view of the nature of the materials in question, the equipment comprises high-pressure sodium bulbs. Floodlights in which specific refractors can be inserted were chosen to ensure the best possible distribution of light and reduce dispersion and light pollution. The main goal behind this project was to highlight emergencies through basic lighting on which to build an emphasis lighting system to reconstruct the architecture through light.