These are the remains of a patrician house dating back to the 1st century AD.
It features a magnificent floor mosaic
Unique site in Piedmont
The Roman Domus
The archaeological area, inserted in the modern fabric of the city (in the basement of the "Canuto Borelli" elderly home owned by the municipality), preserves the remains of a Roman domus. It boasts a decorated environment with a valuable floor mosaic and a heated room, perhaps previously used as a private spa.
The archaeological evidence consists mainly of the remains of a domus from the second half of the 1st century AD.
The building stood about eighty meters north of the western city gate (Torre Rossa - Red Tower), which closed the decumanus maximus to the west, coinciding with today's Corso Alfieri.
The domus is part of a series of finds of prestigious private buildings identified in the area, which allow us to hypothesize the presence of an important residential area.
The Floor Mosaic
Among the remains of the domus, the mosaic carpet (3 x 1.70 m) which decorated the white cocciopesto floor of the dining room (triclinium) is of particular interest. The mosaic, with a white background with insertion of round, rectangular, and rhomboidal tiles in colored marble, is enriched by figures of fish and ivy twigs and is bordered by two frames with black and white tiles - one in a herringbone pattern and externally braided.
The Hypocaust Floor
Inside the house, a renovation of one or more rooms heated by means of hypocausts (underground heating) was subsequently carried out, which required a clear change in use of the environment. A new wall was built in the room and the earthenware floor has become the support base for the brick columns of the hypocaust.
At the base of the heating system there was a hearth, or praefurnium, which was installed underground, at a lower level than the hypocaust.