Qualche cenno sull'argomento:
The complex known as the Villa of Tigellius, since it was originally attributed to the bard of the same name, a contemporary of Augustus and famous for his wealth and extravagance, is in reality a part of an elegant residential area of Roman Karalis which was built at the end of the 1st century BC and inhabited, with different transformations, up to the 6th and 7th centuries AD. Now visible are the remains of three adjoining houses on a narrow street that separates them from an area in which there were the public baths, of which we can see the remains of the caldarium floor.
The type of the buildings, partly conditioned by the slope of the rocky ground on which they were erected, had several rooms on different levels, recalling the Roman domus, divided longitudinally into rooms, the arrangement and function of which followed precise canons. In these buildings we can see the atrium, in which the impluvium, supported by four columns, allowed the collection of rainwater in a cistern beneath the floor. Communicating with the atrium there is a tablinum, a sort of small study for the owner.
There are small bedrooms, the cubicula, on the sides of or behind the atrium. It is more difficult to see the rooms behind the three houses where the transformations and reconstructions were more drastic. Excavations, carried out at different times starting from the last century, have brought to light wall decorations and floor mosaics of fine quality; these findings led to the naming of two of the houses as the “house of the stuccoes” and the “house of the painted tablinum”. Today we can see some fragments of frescoes, a part of the polychrome floor mosaic, a floor laid with the opus signinum technique, using tesserae of white marble embedded in cocciopesto.