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Italian national museums open afterhours Saturday

Riace bronzes with music, Savoy cuisine in Turin

24 January, 15:05
Italian national museums open afterhours Saturday (ANSA) - Rome, January 24 - Italy's major national museums will be open afterhours Saturday with special attractions in the latest instalment of Night at the Museum. The initiative from the culture ministry runs from 20:00 to 24:00, including performances of dance, music, theatre, and special guided tours. Visitors to the Archeological Museum of Reggio Calabria will be treated to a music concert surrounding the famous Riace Warriors, two of Italy's most iconic artistic treasures returned last month to public display after four years of restoration.

At the Baths of Diocletian in Rome, actors dressed in ancient Roman costumes will mingle with visitors. In Sardinia, at the Archeological Museum of Cagliari, attendees will be taken on a special tour to learn about the mystical cult of Isis. The Archeological Museum of Turin is offering food samples from the cuisine of the House of Savoy. The initiative was launched last July and since then raised attendance at museums and other State cultural attractions by 5%, according to Anna Maria Buzzi, in charge of protecting and promoting Italy's cultural heritage. "It's been a great success. These results are pushing us to continue on this path," she said. For a complete list of Saturday's events, go to www.beniculturali.it.

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