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The History

Discover the origin of the ‘Aquae Patavinae’ and the history of the Euganean thermal area...

 

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The Musealisation

Three broad archaeological sites, all located within the township of Montegrotto Terme, can currently be visited in the area of the “Aquae Patavinae”. All three sites preserve vast remains of buildings dating from the period between 1st century B.C. and 2nd century A.D., when the territory – once belonged to the ancient Veneti – was already integrated with the Roman administration and the two cultures – the Venetian one and the Roman one– were deeply fused together.

The archaeological site at Viale Stazione/Via degli Scavi
The archaeological site preserves the remains of a bath complex with three big pools and the relating water circulation system, a little theatre and other recreation buildings connected to the use of natural hot water. Go to the site dossier…

The remains of pools and water pipes are in the open air; the floors are covered with a grey-blue gravel that evokes the presence of water. The building with circular pool and apses is protected by a temporary roofing made up of a metal structure with fabric, realized with the help of the Foundation Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo; this area is currently undergoing systematic interventions of conservative restoration and small-scale archaeological excavations. The little theatre, just restored, is protected by a temporary roofing made up of Innocenti pipes and onduline.

The site is open to the public. For more information and opening times, contact: LAPIS Archeologia-Storia-Arte-Ricerca, +39 3890235910, lapisarcheologia@gmail.com.

Cultural activities at the archaeological site of Viale Stazione/Via degli Scavi

The archaeological site at Via Neroniana
The archaeological site preserves the remains of a luxurious villa, built at the beginning of the 1st century A.D. and afterwards used and reworked at least until the 3rd- 4th century A.D.; it is also possible to see the remains of the main building of a settlement dating from 11th – 14th century A.D. Go to the site dossier…

The north residential area of the villa, formerly the most luxurious and currently the best preserved part of the site, is protected by a permanent roofing designed to evoke the original volumes. The covering, conceived to blend harmoniously with the urban landscape, consists of a structure in varnished steel and glued laminated timber covered with an alveolar polycarbonate sheet.
The outer fence is shaped like the overall perimeter of the Roman villa.

The site is open to the public. For more information and opening times, contact: LAPIS Archeologia-Storia-Arte-Ricerca, +39 3890235910, lapisarcheologia@gmail.com.

Permanent roofing covering the north residential area of the villa at Via Neroniana

The bath complex underneath the Terme Neroniane Hotel
The remains of a bath complex, built towards the end of the 1st century B.C. and in use approximately until the 2nd century A.D., are preserved underneath the restaurant of the Terme Neroniane Hotel; the site includes a wide apsed room and a broad canalization system. Go to the site dossier…

The site is accessible through a pathway that enables visitors to get closer to the ancient remains, recently subject of a conservative restoration and protected by the very structures of the Hotel Terme Neroniane restaurant.
An evocative rendering of lighting suggests the thermal designation of the complex, while the boards covering the walls illustrate the historical facts and the reconstructive proposals of the site.

The site is open to the public. For more information and opening times, contact: LAPIS Archeologia-Storia-Arte-Ricerca, +39 3890235910, lapisarcheologia@gmail.com.