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Domus Libertas

The building consists of three floors, one of which is a basement, and is surrounded by an outside garden.

The main entrance (called fauces) is on the ground floor. From there, the house opens on the atrium. In the floor centre there is a shallow pool called impluvium.

From there a door lead to the tablinum, the home office/studio of the head of the family. On the two sides of the room are the cells, the smaller rooms for members of the family – often richly decorated.

After the tablinum opens the peristylium, the enclosed garden. The culina (kitchen), the triclinium and the cubicula (rooms) all opens on the garden. The peristylium is surrounded by columns; at its center, there stands the statue of Caio Giulio Cesare.

Peristilio con statua di Giulio Cesare

In a corner of the triclinium there are the stairs leading to the first floor and to the entrance of the restroom (in latin, latrina) reserved for guests and outside visitors.

From the ground floor guests can access the stairs leading to the first floor where the cubicula hospitum is located. A lift – hidden in plain-sight in a wall – allow access to people with disabilities.

On the first floor, through the stairs of the posticum, there are the cubicula hospitum, the rooms of the bed&breakfast. Each room is ensuite (the latin word for bathroom is balineum). Each room has a different decoration, so we have the cubiculum hospitum graecum, the cubiculum hospitum aetruscum and the cubiculum hospitum aegyptium, respectively with Greek, Etruscan and Egyptian style decorations.

A rooftop terrace houses the solarium and an outdoor pool.

From the internal stairs you access the private side of the first floor, where are located the officina domestica (the home workshop) and some decorated cells. From the inner terrance guests can see the atrium with the impluvium, the culina and the peristylium.

In the basement, accessible from the staircases of the posticum or by a lift, there is the sacrarium, a crypt decorated with paleo-christian subjects and symbols; the reconstruction of a tabernacle with wine cellar; a small spa complex with frigidarium, tepidarium and calidarium, a series of pools going from cold to very warm water.

The basement hosts also the gymnasium area, the reconstruction of a gym where you can also hold meetings and conferences.

In the garden there’s a hortus externus (that, in time, will evolve into the Italian garden type). There’s also space for a triclinium aestivum with columns and a small fountain, the reconstruction of a stretch of Roman road and a portion of an aqueduct to be used for educational purposes.

An “excavation” area is planned, where schoolchildren will be able to engage in an archaeological excavation with the supervision of a real archaeologist.

On the side of the house there is a natatio (a swimming pool) surrounded by columns.

 

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