The Domus of the Stone Carpets (Domus Dei Tappeti di Pietra) is one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the last decades in Italy.
It was brought to light between 1993 and 1994 when the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Emilia Romagna found a complex of buildings in via D'Azeglio dating back from the Roman Republic through the Byzantine time. A particularly interesting find was a small palace, where archaeologists identified fourteen rooms and three courtyards.
The floor surface of every room was covered with marble tarsia or mosaics showing refined patterns and figures made of polychrome tesserae. After being restored, the 'carpets' of stone were placed back to their original collocation in an underground room that can be entered from the Church of Sant’Eufemia.
The 18th-century church of Sant'Eufemia and the close 15th-century Oratorio Dei Cento Preti were included in the creation of the museum and connected to the archaeological site. The project was part of an intervention programme supported by the Jubilee law and implemented by the Archdiocese of Ravenna. The aim of this intervention was not only the preservation of the site but also the opening of a place of great historical and religious importance to all citizens and visitors.
Pursuant to the Decree of the Prime Minister of the Italian Republic (3 November 2020), all monuments managed by RavennAntica will be closed to the public until further notice.
In compliance with the anti-COVID regulations, the admission to the Domus must be booked in advance. Admission is allowed to a maximum of 10 people every 20 minutes. Face masks are compulsory during the visit.
The Domus is also open to guided tours, that must take place respecting some general rules:
- with visits, up to 5 participants, technological tools such as audio guides are not compulsory.
- with visits with more than 5 participants (until reaching the maximum number of people allowed for the chosen time), the visit is allowed with the support of technological tools delivered by the guide itself. The guide is then responsible for the sanitation of those tools.
Concession (students, ICOM members, Disabled Helper), also for groups (of at least 15 members): €3
School groups: €3
Free admission: children (under 6 years old); journalists; disabled people; RavennAntica Friends; group leaders, Romagna Visit Card, tourist guides with permission, Soldiers, and MIBACT
Guided tour for groups: €40
"Domus of the Stone Carpets" Audioguide: €2
Combined ticket (Cripta Rasponi + Domus Dei Tappeti di Pietra + Tamo): €7 / €5 (valid for concessions, groups, and school groups)
Accessible to disabled people (lift up to 190 kg)
The Domus is situated in the controlled traffic area of the city centre. Bus line 1 (bus stop in Via D'Azeglio). Car park in Piazza Baracca (with fee) and guarded car park Largo Giustiniano.
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Last modified date: 07/12/2020