Category: Special Openings

The Mithraeum of the Circus Maximus

This interesting Mithraeum with a rich marble decoration was built in the IInd century in the basement of a large building adjacent to the Circus Maximus. It was formed  by various rooms that preceded the actual sanctuary, the spelaeum or cave in which the contact with god took …

The Roman House (Insula) of the Ara Coeli

Have you ever been inside a roman apartment house? The building of the Ara Coeli, of which there are four floors left and the remains of other two, is the only example of a condominium of the imperial time preserved in Rome. The term insula referred to the …

Villa Madama

Jewel of Renaissance architecture , the villa was designed by Raphael for  Giulio de ‘ Medici, the future Pope Clement VII. At the death of the artist his work was continued by Giulio Romano and Antonio da Sangallo the Younger , who took care of the final design. …

The Walls of Ancient Rome: Porta Asinaria

In ancient times it was one of the minor gates that opened into the fortified walls built by the Emperor Aurelian in 214.  Through here run the homonymous road Via Asinaria . Today the gate  is several meters below street level, perfectly preserved since the time of Honorius …

The Mound of the Shards and the Emporium of Ancient Rome

Since the republican age the Emporium was the landing point of goods and raw materials (marble, corn, wine and oil ) which arrived by sea to the port of Ostia and went up the river on barges towed  by buffalos to reach the great port of Rome with …