Vinum Nostrum in Florence

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The history of wine is on display in Florence with Vinum Nostrum from July 19th, 2010 (tomorrow) until May 15th, 2011 at the Palazzo degli Argenti. The full title of the exhibit is Vinum Nostrum: Wine Art, Science and Myths among Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations.
Conviviality and drunkenness, door to spirituality and frowned-upon habit. The development of wine and wine costumes is taken into consideration from Mesopotamia to our days, passing through the positive and negative behaviors that this ancient beverage produces on human costumes and spirit. With the aid of videos and multimedia installations, original pieces, sculptures, mosaics and frescoes tell the story that grapevine and of wine have had through the millennia. Thanks to the exhibit the important influence of wine on ancient peoples is underlined.
The trail of the exhibit follows a chronological order, showing the origins of wine-production in the Middle East, stepping to ancient Greece to recount its full affirmation and strong symbolic, religious and cultural significance. The final step is the Roman world, which produced and consumed wine on a large-scale.
Thanks to the many archaeological remains from Vesuvian cities, it will be possible to view the reconstruction of the vineyards of Pompeii. In another section of the exhibit is illustrated the great contribution that the Phoenicians and Etruscans gave to the cultivation of wine grapes. They spread it throughout the Mediterranean basin.
On one side the exhibit shows the evolution of cultivation techniques, on the other there are special exhibits to illustrate the values associated with grapevine in religion and culture. A large series of crafts and depictions from remote epochs speak of divinities, festivities and rituals associated with wine. The cult of Bacchus is illustrated with rare sculptures and illustrated vases. To illustrate the importance of wine in everyday Roman life, sumptuous table services from patrician families are on display.
An antique cellar, reconstructed with modern means, helps the visitor understand ancient reality around wine. The cellar is based on finds discovered in Pompeii and on descriptions found in Latin literature writings. Cultivation tools, harvesting equipment, wooden barrels, wine amphorae, baskets, carts and all of the necessary paraphernalia.

Opening times
Daily: 8.15am – 4.30pm (November February), 8.15am – 5.30pm (March), 8.15am – 6.30pm (April, May, September and October), 8.15am – 5.30pm after (Daylight Saving Time is over), 8.15am – 6.50pm (June August). Closed on first and last Mondays of each month, New Year’s Day, May 1st and Christmas Day.

Tickets
Full: € 7,00, Reduced: € 3,50

Booking
Firenze Musei, Phone: +39 055 294883 (Booking fee: € 3,00)

More inof
Oficial website: http://www.unannoadarte.it/inglese/mostra3_presentazione.html
Phone: +39 0552388709, Email: [email protected]
Where: Piazza de’ Pitti,1, 50125 Florence (FI)