It is possible to visit the remains of a Casa Romana, the Roman house, found underneath the Municipal building of Spoleto.
This visit makes it possible to know more about the organization of a wealthy house, widespread in Roman times, and to appreciate the rich floor and wall decorations contained in it.
The Domus—the genteel residence of Roman times—was located on a higher terracing than that of the Roman Forum, very visible from a lower position. The rooms that were found are all elegantly decorated with mosaic floors, while the painted walls are less preserved. This house, centered on the atrium, differently from the classical Roman house, has its peristyle—or inside portico—on the left side of the tablinum—the most important room of the house considered to be the “studio” of the owner—rather than on its backside. This Domus, when discovered in the area between 1885 and 1914, was attributed to Vespasia Polla, mother of the emperor Vespasian, because of an inscription dedicated to Caligula by a member of the Polla family. The Domus decorations date back to the 1st century A.D.