Photographer's Note

The Roman House is placed on a terrace immediately above the one of the forum. It is a house discovered in 1885 that belonged to a prominent character of the Roman Spoleto, probably Vespasia Polla, mother of Emperor Vespasiano, as evidenced by a fragment of inscription with a dedication of a certain Polla to Caligula, found in the well of the house : it was native of Norcia and owner of property in the nursino-Spoleto territory. This valuable stately home of the first century AD C. shows an architectural scheme that reflects the classic Roman patrician houses: in fact, you can admire the atrium, equipped with a basin for collecting rainwater called impluvium; the tablinum, or the main room of the domus; the triclinium, the space where lunch was served; the peristilium, that portico that encircled the garden or the inner courtyard placed at the center of the houses and also the cubicula, the small rooms destined to the bedroom and the alae, two areas of disengagement.

All the rooms are paved with mosaics and in some places traces of frescoes are visible. The house, restored in the century following its construction, remained in use until the early medieval period and then was probably destroyed by a fire while during the fifteenth century, during the construction of the palace of the family Brancaleoni, was sacrificed what it remained of the front part. Some of the rooms remained partially illuminated in 1784 during the total renewal of the overlying Town Hall, and then remained hidden until 1885.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 20090 W: 130 N: 42396] (223103)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1953-07-15
  • Exposure: f/0.1, 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2022-03-28 7:53
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