The illumination of monuments doesn't ordinarily attract national headlines. But in Italy, a project to light 22 monuments in the 120,000-sq.-yd. (100,000-sq.-m) central archaeological area of the Roman Forum has captured the imagination of the nation.
The Forum was originally a marshy valley bottom used as a cemetery, but the first Etruscan king made canals from the Cloaca Maxima stream, dried the area, and had it paved. It then became a large square for meetings. Soon, the first imp