Aeroporti di Roma sees the airport as a place where the journey has already begun. The aim is to make the 'Leonardo da Vinci' airport - the gateway to Rome and Italy - an increasingly vibrant and welcoming place for passengers, as well as a place for expanding cultural knowledge and a stage for enhancing our immense cultural and artistic heritage in all its forms, creating a true 'scattered museum'. Aeroporti di Roma is well aware of its important function of connecting people and cultures, and therefore, in recent years it has established fruitful collaborations with institutions, organisations and cultural associations throughout Italy. An example of this are the two exhibition routes currently in place in Boarding Areas A of Terminal 1 and E of Terminal 3, where you can admire artefacts from the Roman period, all coming from excavations in Ostia Antica and the Sacred Island Necropolis, thanks to a partnership with the Ostia Antica Archaeological Park. From 12 April to 31 August, Terminal 1 Boarding Area A hosted Bernini's 'Salvator Mundi', a sculpture owned by the Italian Interior Ministry’s Fondo Edifici di Culto (Worship Buildings Fund). This gave the more than 6 million passengers passing through the area the unique opportunity to admire this timeless artwork, including in guided tours open to everyone. There are also partnerships in the musical sphere, with Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia: concerts for passengers, opera performances and flashmobs in the square of Pier A periodically transform the Leonardo da Vinci airport into a large and innovative auditorium.
More contemporary forms of art are also explored at Fiumicino airport, such as Marco Lodola's 'Deti' (from the Cyrillic word for 'Children'), which, positioned at Pier A, is a tribute to Picasso's famous dove and, with its colours reminiscent of the flag of peace, is intended as a reminder. On arriving at Departures Terminal 1, you only have to look up to come across the work of the street artist TvBoy, created to give voice to the desire to return to travelling after the pandemic, and everyone can see it on the outside wall of Terminal 1. It is an ironic representation of Leonardo da Vinci, the genius after whom Fiumicino airport was named, and Mona Lisa: the two are depicted as travelling companions, with Mona Lisa holding a face mask in her hand as symbol of the desire for freedom, to travel and to leave behind the difficult period of Covid-19.
Lastly, on 3 August, in Pier A the Mundys group inaugurated 'Moving Data' by Davide Asker, an artwork aimed at raising passengers’ awareness on sustainable travelling. In the picture are the artist, Mundys President Giampiero Massolo, ADR President Vincenzo Nunziata and and Mundys Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer. With WOA Creative Company, Davide Asker has harmoniously combined technology and creativity in this installation which takes visitors onto a unique exploration of the world of mobility. Upon entering inside it, travellers find themselves in a mirrored structure that, thanks to the use of lighting bodies, produces a play of reflections and perspectives that give the feeling of moving through an infinite space. The experience is made interactive by four 3-metre high monitors placed at the inner corners of the structure and 85 lighting bodies. LiDAR scanners track the user's movements close to the screen, synchronised with sound and light.