Insula Romana di San Paolo alla Regola Rome
Address, opening times and admission
The address is Via di San Paolo alla Regola, 16 – Rome and for reservations call (+39) 060608. It can be visited only accompanied by a guide. The entrance fee is 4 Euro (3 Euro with discount). This rate does not include the guided tour.
History and description
The Insula was discovered by chance during restoration work (1978-1982) on a number of houses near the 16th-century Palazzo Specchi and the San Paolo alla Regola church.
The buildings had four floors, two of which are below current street level. Probably the buildings were part of the Horrea Vespasiani, a number of department stores in the time of Emperor Domiziano, which were connected to the port that was then located on the Tiber.
The houses, of which some rooms with mosaics can still be seen, were located on streets that no longer exist. they ran parallel to the Tiber and slope slightly towards it.
The complex was renovated at the beginning of the 3rd century and new warehouses, residences and auditoriums were added.
In the 12th century, a tower was built on the Roman houses. This tower is still standing.
In addition to the Roman insula, a number of equally well-preserved houses from the Middle Ages were excavated. The inhabitants of these houses had used the original rooms as cellars.