ROME — The plaque is already there, the old sign for a “Museo di Roma” that was never really created on the ashes of the former Pantanella pasta factory in Via dei Cerchi.

The approval of this project, costing 100 million Euros and several years worth of work, was announced a few days ago by the Municipality of Rome’s Councilor for Culture, Umberto Croppi.

“The project has been approved, and the memorandum from the City Council has been passed,” Croppi said. “We now need to identify financial resources within a framework of creating partnerships with private sponsors and start operations with an international competition based on a meta-project presented by the Municipal Superintendence for Cultural Heritage. Designers will have to find architectural solutions that will work with the cultural and conceptual aspects outlined for this museum."

The future Museum of the City of Rome, with a planned 2013 inauguration, will not only be a container for art and will not only have on show the extraordinary Torlonia collection, but will also include didactic material and the reconstruction in 3D of a number of rooms from ancient Rome.

More than a museum, the project intends to create a center of orientation and communication to ensure an understanding of the Urbe, both ancient and modern, experiencing through interactive journeys the city’s stratifications and transformations.

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Blast correspondent Luna Moltedo is an Italian art expert and journalist based in Rome

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