Aquileia, UNESCO site since 1998, was one of the biggest cities of the Roman Empire, one of the liveliest communities of the early Latin – Christianity, one of the most important ancient bridges of the Adriatic, starting point of the main commercial, cultural and military roads towards north-east Europe. Aquileia, founded by the Romans in 181 B.C., cultural city and cross-way of religions, nominal seat of an episcopacy and a patriarchy, since more than a century is giving its treasures back: the luxurious monuments of the imperial city, the wonderful floor mosaics of the Basilica, of the basement Oratory, of the very rich Domus, the small everyday objects. The Aquileia Foundation, subsidiary of the Ministry of cultural assets and activities, of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, of the City of Aquileia, of the Province of Udine and of the Archdiocese of Gorizia, was born in 2008 to enhance the extraordinary archaeological heritage of Aquileia.
The Fondazione Aquileia, not only deals with the managing and the maintenance of the given areas, it also promotes and finances research and excavation activities aimed at restoring artifacts and grounds. In addition to the important excavation and restoration campaigns, the Fondazione Aquileia wanted to give a new boost to the diffusion of knowledge towards a rich events and performances season, involving a wider curious public with a range of activities dedicated to all, from children to adults, without missing the people involved in the work, packed in by new and always fascinating approaches. “Aquileia Film Festival” which, for the first time brought in Friuli Venezia Giulia an international exhibition dedicated to cinema and archaeology; “Aquileia Lab”, educational laboratories inspired by the life of the ancient Romans for children from the age of three to the age of ten and Aquileia Puppet Festival, with puppet shows and puppet theater thought for all ages. And, furthermore, guided visits to the excavations, concerts, conversations with authors.