In February 2020, it is a great pleasure to enter one of the closed facilities that are not open to tourists on a daily basis. What are we talking about? About the domus belonging to a certain Aufidia Valentilla.
Curiosities of ancient Rome (Places)
The world of ancient Romans abounded in a number of amazing curiosities and information. The source of knowledge about the life of the Romans are mainly works left to us by ancient writers or discoveries. The Romans left behind a lot of strange information and facts that are sometimes hard to believe.
Near Villajoyosa (eastern coast of Spain), at the bottom of the sea, there is a Roman shipwreck (called Bou Ferrer) from the 1st century CE. The vessel is located at a depth of about 25 meters and about 1000 meters from the shore. Since 2013, the wreck has been made available to tourists for sightseeing.
Viriconium Cornoviorum (now Wroxeter in the West of England) was founded as a Roman fort (castrum) in the middle of the 1st century CE, which was the base for the 14th Gemina legion, invading Wales. The city developed at the end of the 1st century and became the fourth largest city in Roman Britain.
Insula Ara Coeli in Rome. The photos were taken from the level of a modern pavement; underground is a high ground floor and a mezzanine. The photos perfectly show how the ground level has risen over the centuries.
The Baths of Caracalla were the largest baths in the empire. Built in 216 CE the baths could simultaneously accommodate 1,500 people. The bathing plan was as follows: upon entering, you entered the bathhouse, then into the heated tepidarium room, preparing the body for hot baths in the caldarium.
The remains of the earth from the Roman fort at Risingham (northern England), which was called Habitancum in Roman times. Its purpose was to defend the crossing of the Rede River. It was established in about 139 CE and was abandoned in the 4th century CE. The facility could accommodate a detachment of up to 1,000 people.