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You can contribute to help building Domus Libertas. Which part of Domus Libertas do you prefer? Below you can find a  detailed list of the rooms.

FAUCES (entrance)

Construction and painting of the coffered ceiling, the mosaic or tiled floor, the doors and windows; The frescoing of the walls; The construction of the custom-made furniture in the roman tradition style:

Theme of the mosaics: a watch-wolf with the inscription “Cave Lupum”

Theme of the frescoes:

  • A priapus (A representation of a phallus, symbol of the god of procreation, Priapus) with a bell.
  • Portraits of high ranking members (comes) of the Domus inscribed within an architectural framework (these will be portraits of the team of artists, historians and engineers who worked on the Domus. Each will have his or her name inscribed in a cartouche).

Floor: mosaic design

ATRIUM (Atrium/Hall)

Construction and painting of the coffered ceiling, the mosaic or tiled floor, the doors and windows; The frescoing of the walls; The construction of the custom-made furniture in the roman tradition style:

Décor:

  • The impluvium (a shallow pool sunk into the floor to catch the rainwater from the open roof)
  • The wood chest/strongbox
  • A statue of the Winged Victory set in the centre of the impluvium.

Theme of the frescoes (the dominant background colour will be red)

  • Architectural framework filled with nymphs and deities (portrayed with the faces of our highest contributors)
  • A fresco showing Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon with his troops (a defining moment in Rome history)
  • Abstract and geometrical motifs.

Floor: mosaic design

TABLINUM (Study and Library)

construction and the painting of the coffered ceiling, the mosaic or tiled floor, the doors and windows; The frescoing of the walls; The construction of the custom-made furniture in the roman tradition style, including: two big cupboards (armarii), one wooden chest (arca), three low couches (triclinii) and a low table to eat.

Theme of the frescoes (the dominant background colour will be orange):

  • Subjects inspired by the late classical period (400-323 BCE) of Greek art under Alexander the Great
  • Abstract and geometrical motifs painted on an architectural framework.

Floor: mosaic design

HORTUM ET PERISTILIUM (peristyle, a garden incorporated into the house itself, and the surrounding corridor)

Construction and painting of the coffered ceiling, the mosaic or tiled floor, the doors and windows; The frescoing of the walls; The construction of the custom-made furniture in the roman tradition style.

The décor of the garden: ornamental artwork or outdoor furniture such as a well (puteal), a fountain, a nympheum and a small shrine called lararium (in honor of the Lares, guardian deities of the household). Plus, a life-size statue of Julius Caesar (painted as all statues were in ancient Rome). The garden will grown herbs and flowers typical of the roman hortum.

Theme of the frescoes (the dominant background colour will be yellow): Architectural framework filled with nymphs and deities (portrayed with the faces of our highest contributors); Abstract and geometrical motifs.

Decoration of the open floor: a herringbone pattern

Decoration of the corridor floor: tiled floor

CULINA (kitchen)

Construction of the wooden-beamed ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows; The room is finished with arches and decorative fresco paintings and tiles on the walls. The furniture (including the oven/fireplace) is custom-made and built-in in the roman tradition style. The stairs lead to a gallery closed by a wooden railing. On the gallery there will be a table with benches.

Theme of the frescoes (the dominant background colour will be deep red to violet): wine grapes, fruits, vegetables and horns of plenty.

Decoration of the floor: cotto tiles

BALINEUM LATRINA (Guest Bathroom/Restroom)

Construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the decorative mosaics and tiles. The room is finished with custom-made and built-in furniture in the roman tradition style, including the round sink (lavabrum), decoration in the style of the roman latrines and the built-it shower.

Theme of the mosaics: Animals and mythological creatures. The dominant background colour will be different shades of blue.

Decoration of the floor: cotto tiles

TRICLINIUM  (reception and dining room)

Construction and painting of the coffered ceiling, the mosaic or tiled floor, the doors and windows; The frescoing of the walls; The construction of the custom-made furniture in the roman tradition style, including: two big cupboards (armarii), one table with a set of wooden chairs (cattedra), three low couches (triclinii) and a low table to eat.

Themes of the frescoes: A natural, immersive setting imitating a garden and inspired by the fresco in the peristyle of Livia’s Villa in Rome. The vegetation will be typical of the region of Crevalcore, that in ancient times used to be surrounded by wetland.

Floor: mosaic design

CUBICULUM DOMINORUM (Master bedroom)

Construction and painting of the coffered ceiling, the mosaic or tiled floor, the doors and windows; The frescoing of the walls; The construction of custom-made furniture typical of the roman cubiculum: a chest, a tripod side table with a chair, a double bed, a walk-in closet with shelves.

Theme of the frescoes: family portraits included in round frames alternated with geometric forms. The dominant background colours will be light white and red.

Decoration of the floor: geometric patterns and designs

BALINEUM DOMINORUM (Master bathroom)

Construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the decorative mosaics and tiles. Decoration in the style of the roman latrines; The room is finished with custom-made and built-in furniture in the roman tradition style, including the round sink (lavabrum) and a thermal bath.

Theme of the mosaics: Water deities, with a dominant role given to Hygieia, goddess/personification of health, cleanliness and hygiene. The dominant background colour will be light blue and/or green.

Decoration of the floor: cotto tiles

CUBICULUM FAMILIAE (Family guest bedroom)

Construction and painting of the coffered ceiling, the mosaic or tiled floor, the doors and windows; The frescoing of the walls; The construction of custom-made furniture typical of the roman cubiculum: a chest, a tripod side table with a chair, a double bed, a walk-in closet with shelves.

Theme of the frescoes: a complex, layered and engaging battle scene showing one of Julius Caesar battles in France against the Gauls. In a corner, somewhat hidden by the action, you might be able to spot two figures curiously similar to an elf and a dwarf… Maybe from the celtic mythology?

Floor: tiles

BALINEUM FAMILIAE (Family guest bathroom)

construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the decorative mosaics and tiles. The room is finished with custom-made and built-in furniture in the roman tradition style, including the round sink (lavabrum), decoration in the style of the roman latrines and the built-it shower.

Theme of the mosaics: a pond with water lilies, ducks and swans. The dominant background colour will be aquamarine.

Floor: cotto tiles

APODYTERIUM (Changing Room)

construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the decorative mosaics and tiles. The room is finished with custom-made furniture: two wood chests, two benches and one built-in utility room, as similar as possible to the furniture used in the changing rooms of the roman baths.

Theme of the frescoes: a series of wall alcoves of the like common in roman changing rooms.

Floor: cotto tiles

FULLONICA (Laundry room)

Construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the decorative mosaics and tiles. The room is finished with custom-made furniture as similar as possible to the furniture used in the laundry rooms of the roman baths, including built-in tanks, wall recesses for the washing machine and other electric appliances, a wood chest and a built-in utility room hidden from view.

Theme of the frescoes: designs traditional of the roman laundry rooms.

Floor: cotto tiles

POSTICUM (service entrance or Hospitium entrance)

Construction and painting of the coffered ceiling, the mosaic or tiled floor, the doors and windows; The frescoing of the walls; The construction of a custom-made wood chest; The stairs leading down to the lower ground floor and up to the first floor.

Theme of the frescoes: Architectural framework filled with nymphs and deities (portrayed with the faces of our highest contributors); Abstract and geometrical motifs; the image of a crane will be on the wall nearest to the service elevator.

The dominant background colour will be cardinal red.

Floor: cotto tiles disposed in a herringbone pattern

SUPPELLECTILES (decoration of the décor and furnishings of the Domus)

The making of the décor and furnishing of the various rooms, expecially: vases, amphoras (dolia), urns, statuettes (particularly of deities and other mythological figures), candle holders, lamps, oil lamps, braziers, waxed tables (Roman traditional writing desks), scrolls (volumina). Kitchen accessories: chalices, plates, glasses, horns of plenty. For the bedrooms: rugs, cushions, tapestries, curtains, mirrors, bowls, combs, glass ampoules (small bottles that contain perfumes and body lotions).

Plus, the making of specific decorative items such as: a round ceremonial shield; the banner of a Roman Legion, depicting a golden eagle, a crest, the number of the court and of the manipolo.

CUBICULUM HOSPITUM GRAECUM (guest room in the Hellenistic style)

Construction and painting of the coffered ceiling, the mosaic or tiled floor, the doors and windows; The frescoing of the walls; The construction of custom-made furniture typical of the roman cubiculum: a double bed, a cupboard (armarium), a chest (arca), a small table with a chair (cathedra). The exclusive indoor balcony will have two chairs and a curtain to protect from view.

The style of the furnishing will be influenced by the Hellenistic style. This package includes the furnishing and décor of the en suite bathroom.

Theme of the frescoes: the overall design will be inspired by the Greek mythology and the influential Greek mathematicians. The dominant background colours will be green.

Floor: geometric patterns and forms

BALINEUM GRAECUM (Bathroom Hospitum Graecorum guest room)

Construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the decorative mosaics and tiles. The room is finished with custom-made and built-in furniture in the roman tradition style, including the round sink (lavabrum), decoration in the style of the roman latrines and the built-it shower.

Theme of the mosaics: Animals and mythological creatures. The dominant background colour will be different shades of blue.

Floor: cotto tiles

CUBICULUM HOSPITUM ETRUSCUM (guest room in the Etruscan style)

This accessible room is designed to make our guests with disabilities – as well as friends and family who accompany them – more comfortable. This package includes the set up and decoration of the room as follows:

The construction and the painting of the coffered ceiling, the mosaic or tiled floor, the doors and windows; The frescoing of the walls; The construction of custom-made furniture typical of the roman cubiculum: a double bed, a cupboard (armarium), a chest (arca), a small table with a chair (cathedra).

The style of the furnishing will be influenced by the Etruscan style. Includes the furnishing and décor of the en suite bathroom.

Theme of the frescoes: the overall design will be inspired by the Etruscan art and the traditional themes (the banquet trope) common in Etruscan paintings. The dominant background colours will be orange/red.

Floor: mosaic or tiles (as advised by the expert archaeologist following the project)

BALINEUM ETRUSCUM (Bathroom Hospitum Etruscorum guest room)

Construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the decorative mosaics and tiles. The room is finished with custom-made and built-in furniture in the roman tradition style, including the round sink (lavabrum), decoration in the style of the roman latrines and the built-it shower.

Theme of the mosaics: a pond with water lilies, ducks and swans. The dominant background colour will be aquamarine.

Floor: cotto tiles

CUBICULUM HOSPITUM AEGYPTIUM (guest room in the Egyptian style)

Construction and painting of the coffered ceiling, the mosaic or tiled floor, the doors and windows; The frescoing of the walls; The construction of custom-made furniture typical of the roman cubiculum: a double bed, a cupboard (armarium), a chest (arca), a small round table with a chair (cathedra).

The style of the furnishing will be influenced by the Egyptian style. Includes the furnishing and décor of the en suite bathroom.

Theme of the frescoes: the overall design will be inspired by the Egyptian art and will borrow from the Egyptian mythology. The dominant background colours will be yellow ochre.

Floor: mosaic or tiles (as advised by the expert archaeologist following the project)

BALINEUM AEGYPTIUM (bathroom Hospitum Aegyptium guest room)

Construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the decorative mosaics and tiles. Decoration in the style of the roman latrines; The room is finished with custom-made and built-in furniture in the roman tradition style, including the round sink (lavabrum) and a thermal bath.

Theme of the mosaics: Water deities, with a dominant role given to Hygieia, goddess/personification of health, cleanliness and hygiene. The dominant background colour will be light blue and/or green.

Decoration of the floor: cotto tiles

POPINA DOMESTICA ET THERMAE EXTERNAE (guest dining hall + outdoor hydromassage pool on the open terrace)

Construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the painting of frescoes on every wall of the dining hall and on the walls of the corridors leading to the rooms.

The room is finished with custom-made furniture, both brickwork and in wood, from tables to chairs to the pantry and the metal railing overlooking the atrium; Last, a wall recess will host a built-in hydromassage pool.

The dominant background colours will be different shades of yellows.

Theme of the frescoes: Architectural framework filled with nymphs and deities (portrayed with the faces of our highest contributors); Abstract and geometrical motifs.

Decoration of the floor: cotto tiles disposed in a herringbone pattern

CUBICULUM FAMILIAE (Family bedroom)

Construction and painting of the coffered ceiling, the mosaic or tiled floor, the doors and windows; The frescoing of the walls; The construction of custom-made furniture typical of the roman cubiculum: a double bed, a cupboard (armarium), a chest (arca), a small round table with a chair (cathedra). The style of the furnishing will be entirely within the Roman tradition.

Includes the furnishing and décor of the en suite bathroom.

Theme of the frescoes: Instruments and tools used in the professions and jobs common in the Roman society of the first century AD (i.e. arts, religion, sociology, economics, theater, engineering and much more).

The dominant background colours will be Pompeian red.

Decoration of the floor: geometric patterns and forms

OFICINA DOMESTICA (owner’s art studio)

Construction of the exposed beams ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the painting of frescoes on the walls. Plus, various custom-made workstations, two built-in cupboards, two chairs, the wood railing on the indoor balcony overlooking the kitchen on the ground floor.

Theme of the frescoes: a landscape of the cisalpine area of Italy, meaning of the region Lombardy, in northern Italy. Specifically Lake Benaco (of the Garda region) with the Alps in the background.

The dominant background colour will be Pompeian red.

Decoration of the floor: cotto tiles disposed in a herringbone pattern

CRIPTA-SACRARIUM (lower ground chapel)

Construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the painting of frescoes on every wall of the room. The room is finished with custom-made furniture typical of the ancient cripts acting as chapels and churches in the early days of the Christian church. Two chests (arcade), built-in alcoves, a stone altar and wood benches.

Theme of the frescoes: paleochristian symbols and motifs (meaning of the early Christian church).

Decoration of the floor: tiles in a herringbone pattern (as advised by the archaeologist following the project)

POPINA DOMESTICA SUBTERRANEA (Tavern)

construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the painting of frescoes on every wall of the room. The room is finished with custom-made furniture of the like of built-in benches and chairs and metal braziers.

Theme of the frescoes: Sea animals (both real and mythological), water games and abstract and geometrical motifs.

The dominant colour of the décor will be various shades of blu.

Floor: cotto tiles

APODYTERIUM THERMARUM (Thermarum changing room)

construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the decorative mosaics and tiles. The room is finished with custom-made furniture: two wood chests, two benches and one built-in utility room, as similar as possible to the furniture used in the changing rooms of the roman baths.

Theme of the frescoes: a series of wall alcoves of the like common in roman changing rooms.

THERMAE DOMESTICAE – TEPIDARIUM ET LACONICUM (Private Thermae – medium hot room)

Construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the painting of frescoes on every wall of the room. The room is finished with custom-made furniture of the like of built-in benches and chairs and metal braziers.

Theme of the frescoes: Sea animals (both real and mythological), water games and abstract and geometrical motifs.

The dominant colour of the décor will be various shades of blu.

Floor: mosaics

THERMAE DOMESTICAE – FRIGIDARIUM (Private Thermae – cold room)

Construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the painting of frescoes on every wall of the room. The room is finished with custom-made furniture of the like of built-in benches and tub.

Theme of the frescoes: Sea animals (both real and mythological), water games and abstract and geometrical motifs.

The dominant colour of the décor will be various shades of blu.

Floor: mosaics

THERMAE DOMESTICAE – CALIDARIUM (Private Thermae – hot room)

Construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the painting of frescoes on every wall of the room. The room is finished with custom-made furniture of the like of built-in benches and chairs and metal braziers.

Theme of the frescoes: Sea animals (both real and mythological), water games and abstract and geometrical motifs.

The dominant colour of the décor will be various shades of blu.

Floor: mosaics

GYMNASIUM (Gym)

construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the painting of frescoes on every wall of the room. The room is finished with custom-made furniture of the like of built-in benches and chairs and metal braziers.

Theme of the frescoes: gymnastics in the practice of different sports

The dominant colour of the décor will be red.

Floor: mosaics opus incertum (as advised by the archaeologist following the project)

BALINEUM LATRINA SUBTERRANEA (Bagno Ospiti)

construction of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, tiled floor, doors and windows and the decorative mosaics and tiles. The room is finished with custom-made and built-in furniture in the roman tradition style, including the round sink (lavabrum), decoration in the style of the roman latrines and the built-it shower.

Theme of the mosaics: Animals and mythological creatures. The dominant background colour will be different shades of blue.

Decoration of the floor: cotto tiles

HORTUM EXTERNUM (external garden)

The making and decoration of the garden sidewalks, of the flowerbeds, and of the fencing. The décor of the garden including the outdoor furniture such as a well (puteal), a fountain, built-in benches, urns and vases.

The garden will grown trees and bushes common during the Roman times and frequently used in the roman hortum. The use of topiary art (by clipping the foliage and twigs of trees, shrubs and subshrubs to develop and maintain clearly defined shapes) as used in the ancient Roman villas.

Sculputers and statuettes will be decorated and coloured following the use of the time. The dominant colour will be red, yellow and gold.

Decoration of the floor: tiles disposed in a herringbone pattern and stone pathways on the side

TRICLINIUM AESTIVUM (brick gazebo in the garden)

Construction and décor of the stone and brick structure of the gazebo, including wood elements, and the making of the small pool with a central fountain. The gazebo is finished with outdoor wicker furniture and brickwork.

The dominant colour of the décor will be white and red.

Floor: slabs of stone or clay

NATATIO (swimming pool)

Costruction and décor of the swimming pool circled by a series of columns.

The dominant colour of the décor will be white and red.

Decoration of the floor: cotto tiles disposed in a herringbone pattern or slabs of stone

OPERAE PUBLICAE (the driveway leading to the Domus and the aqueduct)

The making and décor of the path leading from the entry gates to the Domus, paved like a traditional Roman road, included the milestone (miliarium), and the section of a Roman aqueduct on one side.

ARCHEOPUER (kid area)

Archeological “excavation” for kid, where the children can learn the basis of archeological excavation with the support of a real archeologist

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