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DOMUS ROMANA

Open to the public 

Tue-Sun 10-19 (last admission 18)

Address 
Via Varrone, 30 Asti (AT)
Telephone 
+39 0141 437454
+39 0141 399489
E-mail 
musei@comune.asti.it
Guided tours 
yes
Educational Activities 
yes

Beneath this inhabited building are the archaeological remains of a patrician house. Of particular interest are the floors with the mosaic centrepiece made using the opustesselatum technique together with the opus sectile method, delimited by a herring bone pattern internally and externally with a plaited pattern. The black and white mosaic is decorated with geometric figures of coloured marble alternated with animals and water plants. Nearby is the opening of the oven used to heat the house using the interspaces in the flooring (known as “hypocaustum” heating). On the surface of one wall, there are traces of ancient decorations which must at one time have been very elaborate.