Easy to Miss…

In Rome, it happens often that you walk down a seemingly uninteresting street, and don’t pay attention to the details.  But this random residential area in the center of the city contains a couple of surprises!

IMG_4902Without knowing any specific details, it appears fairly clear that in centuries gone by, there was some sort of open-air structure on this spot, surrounded by ancient Roman columns.  Was it an ancient structure, or a medieval construction using ancient materials?  It’s hard to know.

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But it IS clear that at some point in the Middle Ages, someone decided to fill in the spaces between the columns with bricks and mortar… and construct a house.  Over the years, various repairs were made, as needed.  The result is a true hodge-podge of building materials, a kind of combination-confusion that will give any archaeologist a headache.

And today, centuries later, Romans are still living inside–with all the modern amenities, of course!  This sort of construction is surprisingly common all over the city of Rome, but without a knowledgeable guide with you to point it out… odds are high that you’ll walk by and completely miss it.

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