The Roman Villa in Rabat, Malta, gives visitors the opportunity to get a glimpse into the world of a wealthy Roman family. Discover more.
Have you ever wondered what the life of an aristocratic Roman family was like, and how they lived? The Domvs Romana in Rabat gives you the opportunity to get a glimpse into the world of a wealthy Roman family, to discover how they went about their daily lives, what kind of things they did for entertainment, how they cooked their food, and more!
An accidental discovery in 1881 revealed the remains of an aristocratic Roman town house in Rabat, just outside the walls of Mdina. The Domvs Romana museum, which was officially opened to the public in 1882, was built around the remains of the house, which date back to the last half of the 2nd century B.C. Although there are very few remains left from the house itself, fortunately you can still find the impressive original mosaics which adorned the Peristyle and several other rooms in this aristocratic Roman household. These mosaics are believed to be some of the finest and oldest mosaics that can be found in the western Mediterranean.
The Domvs Romana also houses a fascinating collection of original household and personal items, such as bath accessories, carved bone hairpins, a baby rattle, perfume bottles and other artifacts that have been found within the remains. These have survived through the ages, giving visitors a taste of the richness of the original town house. The museum also holds various marble pieces that were originally discovered in the streets of the neighbouring town, Mdina, as well as other Roman artifacts that have been found around the Maltese islands. These include a set of marble statues of the Emperor Claudius and his family – the only ones that can be seen in a private house anywhere in the world! You can also find the Muslim tombstones at the back of the museum, which date back to the Arab period in Malta, in 870 A.D.
The Domvs Romana allows visitors to gain an insight into the life of the Romans when they were ruling in Malta, and gives visitors the opportunity to explore various aspects of an aristocratic Roman family, such as the division of roles in the family, their fashion, cooking, education, entertainment and more. The museum is open daily from 9am until 5pm.
Children 6 to 11 years: €3
Children up to 5 years: Free
Author: Sabine Jung
Sources used: http://heritagemalta.org/museums-sites/domvs-romana/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domvs_Romana, http://www.mydestination.com/malta/sights/11228/domvs-romana—roman-villa