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Varignano Vecchio

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Stefano Costa
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker, Tom Elliott
Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Jul 26, 2022 04:23 PM History
A villa maritima in eastern Liguria, inhabited from ca. 100 BC to the fifth century AD.

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production center (manufacturing, fishing), bath, spa, cistern, villa


The Roman villa at Varignano Vecchio was built in the early first century B.C., on the site of a residential building that marks the first settlement a few decades earlier. The main architectural phases date to:

  1. the period of Sulla, when the complex was built in its entirety with a large and monumental pars urbana and a pars fructuaria, from which the torcularia are archaeologically preserved;
  2. the first half of the first century A.D., when new thermal baths were built together with an imposing water cistern, while oil production was discontinued;
  3. the late fourth century A.D., when large transformations occur in the plan of the complex, but more detailed traces from this phase are not otherwise recognisable due to ploughing.

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Stefano Costa, Jeffrey Becker, and Tom Elliott, 'Varignano Vecchio: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2022 <> [accessed: 06 June 2023]

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