The Forum of the Arts recalls the Forum in ancient Rome, an open space dedicated to the citizens’ social life. Today, it is a humanistic citadel that draws inspiration from art and beauty, where the Theatre, an amphitheater, a garden called Gymnasium, and the Aurelian Neohumanistic Academy are located. This structure, devoted to culture, is linked together by a harmonious blend of natural elements – comprising pergolas, fountains, hedges, cypress trees and lush rose bushes – an exquisite ensemble that offers visitors a warm welcome and conveys a sense of spirituality and peace.
More than 200 seats are divided between the arena and the spacious terraces of the cavea. The stage spans 12 meters wide, 8 meters deep, with a 7 meter proscenium, incorporating a trap door system which covers nearly its entire surface, and boasts stage machinery with the uncanny ability to creatively transform and adapt different scenes, allowing even for participation with the amphitheater facing it.
The Academy houses The Aurelian Neohumanistic Library, an impressive collection of antique and modern books, in addition to hosting thoughtful cultural events often dedicated to the detailed study of philosophical, historical, literary and artistic subjects. Plato and Aristotle, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Pico della Mirandola and Giordano Bruno, Leonardo and Michelangelo, Montesquieu and Kant are just a few of the academic topics the guest lecturers are invited to discuss, while also encompassing modern philosophies and international literature. The library contains a large collection of classics in numerous foreign languages, including some less expected ones like Mongolian, Hebrew, Japanese and Indian.