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“If these are the floors, imagine what the rest of the building would have been like!”

Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra
Ranked #8 of 84 things to do in Ravenna
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

These floors were only excavated a few years ago so they don't even appear in some guidebooks! But if you are a connoisseur of Roman art, these are quite wonderful.
You enter through a rather scruffy little church into a small paydesk area and gift shop, and descend the stairs down to the basement. The young lady at the paydesk had given me a set of notes in English about the mosaics but you could really do with a plan of the layout, some idea as to what the building might have looked like and whether it was a large villa or a palace! The "rooms" could also have done with a notice to tell you which room you were looking at. But the pattern design and execution of the mosaic floors is very sophisticated and even though some parts have been damaged over the years, you get a good impression of what the floors must have looked like and you wonder what the rooms would have looked like. The "dance of the seasons" in the centre of the largest floor is lovely. The exhibit is well lit and the walkways allow you to look out over the mosaics; when I was there, there was one other person studying the floors but as it is quite a large layout, I would think that it would not seem crowded even if a party of tourists turned up! I wonder how many more floors of buildings long burried are waiting to be discovered?

Thank CalBristol
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

It was included in my ticket of the TAMO during the Notte D'Oro, and it was quite interesting. It was a major discovery in the history of mosaics. I recommend going.

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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to visit to admire the old mosaic floor from the Roman times. Should not take more than 10 mins to visit.

Thank JustLoveToFly
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

The "Newer" church above the ancient site is unspectacular, but you can imagine life in this area during Roman times. I find it fascinating that the street levels have risen so much since ancient times. The site was used for Medieval burials many hundred years after all traces of the older culture was gone, and they went down to or even through the Roman floor level. The site was discovered by a construction backhoe operator digging an underground garage (fat chance now) and the remarkable find came to light. They know that the site continues outward much further, but they cannot tear down buildings on other property for additional uncovering, although some temporary digs were made. Part of our mosaic tour of Ravenna. We started with a list and only actually missed one attraction in three days. Every attraction except one out of town was reached by walking in close proximity to the historic city center. We did not move the car one time, other than to arrive and leave town. Print some papers in advance from the internet and carry them with you to help you understand what you are looking at. Buy a nice photo book to take home and continue your studies.

Thank JohnInItaly
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

This is a series of floors from a villa. They are mainly geometric and look wonderful. Spend some time looking at them and the flaws in the design start to appear. This gives it a real human feel, you could almost tell where different workmen were doing their thing, the quality across a piece would vary subtly. Check this one out!

Thank Mysticpangolin
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