Permanent Museum to Open in Rome's Airport

Tue, 10/04/2011 - 03:18

Visitors to Rome will soon be able to get their first taste of great Italian art as soon as they touch down on the tarmac. Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (also known as Fiumicino) has plans to inaugurate a new exhibition space on the 12th of October 2011.

Every year more than 36 million passengers pass through the Roman airport. Planners have devised a permanent exhibition hall that will allow them to transform part of the airport into an introduction to Italian cultural heritage for tourists to experience as soon as they step off the plane.

The art hall will be located in Terminal 1, which is already home to a temporary display of the most prestigious ‘Made in Italy’ brands. The new space, however, will host a permanent art collection modelled after the Amsterdam airport which has set up a branch of the city’s famous Rijksmuseum on site.

It is only fitting that the permanent space at Fiumicino airport will first host a Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit when it opens its doors next week.