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  • Cosiddetta Tomba
  • Villa Adriana
  • Tiburtina Villa
  • Italy
  • Lazio
  • Rome
  • Tivoli



  • The Italian Database is the result of a collaboration between:

    MIBAC (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per i Beni Archeologici),

    ICCD (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione) and

    AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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Summary (English)

  • In July 2010 trenches were excavated in two distinct areas inside Hadrian’s villa. The first sector, situated in the ex-campsite, north of the so-called mausoleum, saw the continuation of excavations in the proximity of a substantial circular, cement foundation with a facing of small, uniform tufa blocks which had already been investigated in previous campaigns. In particular, a trench was opened to the north-west of the latter which revealed a new structure about 9 m away. The new structure was an imposing cement base with an apparently rectangular plan on a north-west/south-east alignment, of which only the southern corner was uncovered. This structure, like the one immediately to the south, had been completely robbed of the marble facing that was certainly originally present judging by the numerous impressions and complete housing cavities for the shuttering visible at several points of the foundation, in particular the western front.

    To the west a band of mosaic flooring with large, white marble tesserae with coloured inserts is, for the moment, the only surviving decorative element. It seems to indicate the presence in this building of an architectural element that has already been documented in other structures of the same villa, the use of which was probably methodically repeated, in particular as an external border for opus sectile flooring. It must be specified that the excavation was almost exclusively limited to the emptying of modern trenches but did however bring to light a substantial amount of material, pottery in particular, contrary to previous campaigns during which pottery finds relative rare. Other smaller cleaning and excavation interventions in the same area uncovered accumulations of marble used in the modern period to form the foundation of a metal fence on the south side of the circular foundation. These included fragments of white marble Doric column drums and capitals and, above all, numerous fragments of drapery from female statues with chiton and himation (worthy of note a shoulder with button), some of which joining to those found in the fill of the circular foundation in previous years.

  • Patrizio Pensabene - Sapienza Università di Roma 



  • Elisa Iori - Sapienza. Università di Roma
  • Federico Zuccari - Sapienza. Università di Roma
  • Francesca Stazi - Sapienza. Università di Roma
  • Giovanni Di Braccio - Sapienza. Università di Roma
  • Giulia Ricci - Sapienza. Università di Roma
  • Luigi Tortella - Sapienza. Università di Roma
  • Maurizio Di Iorio - Sapienza. Università di Roma
  • Patrizio Fileri - Sapienza. Università di Roma
  • Adalberto Ottati - Sapienza. Università di Roma

Research Body

  • "Sapienza" Università di Roma
  • Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Lazio

Funding Body

  • Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali


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