Villa Romana di Isera
An urban-rustic villa along the route of Via Claudia Augusta
Discovered shortly after World War II, Villa Romana di Isera is an unicum of its kind in all of Trentino Alto Adige.
The ruins of Villa Romana were discovered during the construction of Isera’s preschool. The building, not far from the “lagarino” stretch of Via Claudia Augusta, has the characteristics of that type of suburban system which is defined “urban-rustic villa.” It is a large architectural dependent complex on an agricultural property, testimony to the fact that up to the Augustan age the population was dedicated to agriculture. It unwinds across two distinct and complementary quarters: the pars urbana, which has staterooms, parlors, and bathing areas decorated with frescoes and mosaics, and the pars rustica, made up of structures and places necessary for the productive functioning of the villa.
Interest in the ruins of the ancient building is owed to the initiative of Adriano Rigotti, the renowned scholar of local antiquities, who, in 1973 after a patient work of gathering testimonies and information, promoted and coordinated the first archeological dig. It was the prelude to a series of dig campaigns supported and financed by the Fondazione Museo Civico di Rovereto (Civic Museum Foundation of Rovereto) together with the Lagarini Studies Center and with the University of Trento.
The Fondazione Museo Civico organizes guided tours of about one-hour for school and private groups (min.10 – max. 25 persons). Remember to make a reservation at least a week in advance. Request the museum introduction lesson, accompanied by a slide show. You can also reach the archeological area with by bus.