Someone once said:”When in Rome, do what the Romans do”. So, we went to the Roman Villa of Veranes, we romanized ourselves mentally and did things the way they did.
Every day, during a week in August, 13 madmen of Rome, architecture and fun got up a little early (in summer!) to spend the morning immersed in Roman construction.
When you’re less than 9 years old and you see an image of Vitruvius, you can’t help but laugh, so the day couldn’t have started any better. Once we had overcome the lack of venustas, we focused on what he had written, and through the firmitas, the utilitas and the venustas we went through the cities, the villages and even the military camps of the Roman Empire. We learned how to build buildings that last at least 2000 years, what solutions and ingenious ways to make them work and what are the most appropriate shapes and elements in each case.
And then let’s get to work! We were doing everything we could think of the ancient Roman engineers would do: Reading plans to make small scale models or giant constructions, organizing a team and dividing the tasks between them, assessing the skills of each one, working as a team to build big works, devising wind bracing systems, explore and analyze the Roman Villa to learn “in situ”, design and draw the plans of our own triumphal arches so that others know how to replicate it, if we even stake out a river to bridge it! With auction of pieces included!
All in all, we learned a lot about Roman architecture, but above all we had a great time including our own ideas and carrying them out among all of us who, in reality, are more difficult (and also more fun).
For more summers in Veranes! ¡SPQR!
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