On the Silk Road at Palazzo delle Esposizioni


A network of interlinking trade routes spanning over 6,000 kilometers, the Silk Road historically connected the Mediterranean world to all parts of Asia. Not only a trading route, the Silk Road served to transport ideas, cultures, and technologies across continents and empires from the 7th to the 14th centuries A.D.

Sulla Via Della Seta runs until March at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, where the ancient road is brought to life in six rooms, signifying six historical stops on the Silk Road. Each room showcases documents and artifacts, all impressive and all central to a particular time and place on the famous route.

The journey for the visitor begins much like it would have for the ancient explorer – in central China. Once you’ve traversed China you get to Turfan, an oasis city in the Gobi Desert, before heading to the trade center of Samarkand, or current day Uzbekistan. Baghdad, the heart of the Muslim world is up next, continuing with a stop in maritime and sea routes. At the end of the journey you end up back in Italy, only the Italy of the 13th and 14th centuries, when the East and West traded regularly.

The exhibit is not very large, but each room contains a collection of artifacts that one should not pass over quickly. The details in the paintings, tapestries, jewelry, and maps are more than just decorations, they provide insight into the ancient pathway between the east and west: the famous Silk Road.

Till 10 March, 2013
Via Nazionale, 194
Metro Repubblica
Tue-Thurs and Sun 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10.30pm
Entry fee €10-12.50

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