Lake Nemi is one of the most beautiful areas of Italian countryside. It lies 20 km southeast of Rome at a depth of 300 metres in the crater of an extinct volcano. In antiquity this was a cult centre of Diana, the Goddess of Hunting, but it was also a playground of the Roman upper class. The lake has been called Diana’s Mirror, and the area is still regarded as holy - local chapels are the focus of religious processions just as in ancient times.
In the special exhibition, Nemi – the Cult and the Splendour”, you can come face to face with the many aspects of the cult and, not least, the bloody priestly rituals which have fascinated and mystified people for 2000 years.