If you have always wanted to know what an actual Roman villa was like 2000 years ago, then head for Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini. This new yet antique attraction was only discovered in 2007 and provides a unique insight into the life of the ancient Romans. Instead of musty ruins, the site offers amazing multimedia projections that bring the villas back to their former glory.
In 16th-century Rome it was common to fill up old ruins with soil and use them as the foundation for new buildings. This is how Palazzo Valentini was built in 1585, on top of two ancient villas from the imperial age. The two residences were discovered coincidentally a few years back during excavations in the basement of the palazzo. The condition of the villas and the attached bath house was remarkable. Over a period of 3 years, the spaces were renovated and made ready for the general public.
“One of the finest additions to the palace is the Imperiali library, which exhibits over 24,000 books”