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Typology: Monuments

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Address: Vicolo del Puttarello, 25
Zone: Rione Trevi (Quirinale-Tritone-Barberini) (Roma centro)
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Address: Via di San Vincenzo, 9
Zone: Rione Trevi (Quirinale-Tritone-Barberini) (Roma centro)
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Contacts

Telephone: 339 7786192 info e prenotazione

Opening times

Reservation required
339 7786192 (also whatsApp) or through the contact form on the website www.vicuscaprarius.com

Rates www.vicuscaprarius.com/visite/

Agreement with

Roma Pass
What the agreement provides:

Reduced entrance fee for Roma Pass holders

Scheduled events

Description

The archaeological excavations, made between 1999 and 2001 during the renovation of the former Cinema Trevi, brought to light two buildings below the cinema, adjacent and contemporary, aligned on the west side along the vicus Caprarius or Capralicus. Both forms of the toponym are attested by ecclesiastical sources from the 12th century. The name probably derives from the presence of an aedicula Capraria, perhaps a cult area linked to Iuno Caprotina. The area investigated was, in ancient times, within the VII regio, which included the whole eastern Campus Martius and was bounded by the Aurelian walls, by the via Salaria vetus - Pinciana, with its extension called vicus Caprarius, and by the via Lata.

The north building can be identified as an intensive type of housing complex, an insula of at least three storeys with shops on the ground floor. The first construction phase seems to date back to the Neronian age, immediately after the fire of 64 AD. A first renovation of the complex can be dated to the first half of the second century AD, followed by a second one in the age of Marcus Aurelius. Around the middle of the 4th century, the area was transformed into a luxurious domus, of which remains of marble wall coverings and a mosaic floor made of polychrome marble tesserae are still preserved in situ. Around the middle of the 5th century, a violent fire, possibly related to the sack of Rome by Genseric's Vandals (455 AD), destroyed the ground floor of the domus.

The south building, of which a good part of the upper part is preserved, consists of large rooms with barrel vaults; the first phase also dates back to the Neronian age; in the Hadrianic period two rooms, adjacent to the vicus Caprarius, were transformed into a large water cistern, probably the castellum aquae of the Virgin aqueduct. Following the cutting of Rome's aqueducts by Vitiges' Goths in 537 AD, the cistern fell into disuse.

In the Middle Ages, between the 11th and 12th centuries, the floor level of the area was raised by about 5 metres; on this level, between the 12th and 13th centuries, two distinct residential units with different building phases were constructed.

Educational activities

Info and booking: Cooperativa Archeodomani tel. 339.7786192.
Guided tours: Max 20 persons per group. For groups of more than 20 people booking is advised. Visits are only in Italian. Upon request there are visits in English, French, German and Spanish. Visitors receive pamphlets in English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese.
Notes: To vist the area after the opening time, please call +39 3397786192.
Last checked: 2021-04-19 9:09