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Roman domus and road in the "Palazzo Forti" – Verona

Volto Due Mori 4 (Modern Art Gallery “Palazzo Forti”) – 37100 Verona (VR)
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Summary


Inside the Forti palace there are the remains of a piece of road of the I century B.C. which is 6 metres large and which still bears the cart tracks. In the I century A.D. the road was covered by the construction of a domus, that was renovated in the III-IV century and that was later abandoned.

History of research

The first excavations in this area date back to 1966, but the archaeological structures that are visible today were brought to light during the renovation works that started in 1984.

Urban and geographical context

Verona is located along the Adige river, where this enters in the Po plain, at about thirty kilometres east to the Garda lake. Its altitude is 59 metres above sea level and it is placed at the basis of the Lessini mountains. The archaeological area of the Forti palace is located in the heart of the modern city as well as of the ancient one, not far from the Roman forum, along a “kardo” that was located on the east of the main north-south road.

Chronology

I century B.C. – IV century A.D.

Description

The archaeological area of the Forti palace includes the remains of a Roman road, a “cardo” that is located 20 metres on the right of the “cardo maximus”, and of a Roman domus.
The road (A) is north-south oriented and it is perfectly integrated in the city grid. It is 6 metres large and it still conserves the cart tracks. It is not clear whether this road had sidewalks and thus reached the width of other roads, that is about 12 metres, or whether it was limited to the roadway only. In the first case, which is also the most likely, this might have been a main street that marked a block of different dimensions from the others. In the other case, it would have been a secondary road for internal partition of an “insula” (an apartment building).
The road was covered by the construction of a domus, which was built in the I century A.D. and which was later renovated between the II and IV century A.D. To the first phase of the building we date the marble pavement and the remains of a sort of a logline, also in marble, which are thought to have been part of a fountain. The domus was abandoned between the IV and the V century A.D.


Visiting

Admission: Solo su prenotazione

Visitability: Interno

Ticket: No

School access
Upon reservation at the 045 8001903

Disabled access
Lift to access the site

Opening Times

Recommended tour time (minutes): 40

Services for visitors

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Guided Tours
Guided tours by ASTER (tel. 045 8036353; aster.segreteriadidattica@comune.verona.it)

Educational activities
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Educational workshops

Library and documentation centre


Bibliography

Archeologia a Verona 2000, a cura di Bolla M., Milano, pp. 57.
Cavalieri Manasse G. 2007, Testimonianze romane sotto palazzo Forti, in Palazzo Forti. La galleria d’arte moderna di Verona: 1982-2007, a cura di Baldanza S., Nuzzo P., Verona, pp. 308-309.


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