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Review of Domus Romana

Domus Romana
Ranked #6 of 29 things to do in Rabat
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Owner description: OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at 16.30Hrs). The mosaic pavements in the Domvs Romana at Rabat rank among the finest and oldest mosaic compositions from the western Mediterranean, alongside those of Pompeii and Sicily. They were discovered in 1881 just outside Mdina in the remains of a rich and sumptuously decorated town house of the Roman period. This museum was one of the very first to be opened to the public in Malta.The small museum of the Domvs Romana is built around the remains of a rich, aristocratic roman town house (domvs) which was accidentally discovered in 1881. Although very little remains from the house itself, the intricate mosaics which survived for centuries, as well as the artefacts found within the remains, are testimony of the original richness and story of this fantastic abode.The current Museum building does not only preserve some of the most precious Roman remains but also provides a glimpse into the lives of a Roman domestic household, from the actual division of roles in a Roman family, to fashion, education, entertainment, food and drink.
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Visited this venue by design and was not disappointed having an interest in the Roman period. The museum provides not only a brief history of the Roman occupation of Malta but gives a small insight into the Islamic and early European periods.

The artifacts portray a good example of a typical Roman town house with one excellent mosaic of "drinking doves" and one mosaic that following inhabitants tried the clumsily restore many many moons ago after the fall of Rome showing how the Romans where a class apart.

There are a small number of statues to admire and well preserved artifacts from every day Roman life from kitchenware, ladies grooming instruments and even children's play things.

I took my time when I visited to read all the information and soak in all the objects. Well worth 6 euro or even better value if the buy a block ticket for the nearby Catacombs Of St Paul and the Natural History Museum

Thank Manic_Aardvark
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Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

Superbly conserved Roman mosaic - the best we have seen and believe me we have seen a lot. Statues, amphora and all other paraphernalia equally in excellent condition - felt like being in the villa way back when

Thank FranBo2013
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Although small, the mosaics in situ were really interesting. It gave another level of understanding of Malta amazing history. The outside area was disappointing as the explanation plaques were too vague and the whole area then looked just like a pile of rubble with a few pillar remnants.

Thank Helen W
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

The intricate mosaic floors of this Roman home leave you with a sense of wonder: How did they do it? The patterns create optical illusions as you walk about, enhancing your experience. Don't miss this one.

Thank Walter B
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

What a nice villa location to explore- not too big, but offers some decent mosaics. HOHO bus took us to Rabat and we explored this little museum before entering the Mdina.

Thank Ellen G
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