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Discovering Roman villa near Florence

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Roman mosaic in Tuscany
One of the mosaics showing a man with black eyes.

Archaeologists carrying out excavations at a Roman villa discovered in 1983 are at the final stage of discovering the entire structure. This exclusive Roman villa is located near Florence and has been described by scientists as “unique”.

The house had baths and was decorated with beautiful mosaics. According to scientists, this is an extraordinary find, as never before, apart from the former Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey), such a well-preserved building of this type has been preserved.

The villa is located in Capraia e Limite, in Italian Tuscany. It has a hexagonal shape and one of the representative chambers has a coloured, oval mosaic showing a boar hunt.

The house belonged to a wealthy and aristocratic family. The stone plate found in front of the building has an inscription saying that the house belonged to a pagan Roman senator from the 4th century CE, named: Vettius Agorius Praetextatus. The man was the praetorian prefect of Emperor Valentinian II. The villa, which dates back to the 1st century CE, was restored during his lifetime. The building was destroyed and forgotten in the 6th century CE.

As the scientists themselves say, the aim of the project is to expose beautiful monuments to the public as soon as possible.


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