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“Go if you have the Malta Pass”
Review of Domus Romana

Domus Romana
Ranked #2 of 28 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.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Go if you have the Malta Pass”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Worth a visit, the mosaic in the villa floor is well worth seeing. Not sure if it would be worth the entry fee if I didn't have the Malta pass though!

Visited January 2013
Thank Craig R
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Small but very nice”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

It is a small museum but the mosaics from the excavations are just stunning ! You will also find a lot of information about the exacavations themselves and the post-Roman period in Rabat.

Visited January 2013
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Rabat, Malta
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“A step back in time”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

The Roman Villa or 'Domus Romana' is a beatiful example of a dwelling dating back to the Roman period. Part of it was unfortunately demolished during the British era to make way for the tram. The surviving part has since been professionally restored, with the adjacent souvenir shop offering original souvenirs of the Maltese islands. The area just outside contains ancient ruins too, so you can see them "up close" on your way out.

Visited February 2012
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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“Interesting, but is it relevant?”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

We opted for combination entrance tickets at the Natural History Museum in Mdina, otherwise it would not have been worth the Euro 6 admission fee. The Roman House Museum (or Domus Romana) is situated outside and across a road from the main gate of Mdina - well within walking distance. Entrance is through galleries showing aspects of Roman daily life with informative signage. In the midst of this is a battery of touch-screen computers showing typical Maltese recipes. We just couldn't see the connection! Beyond this are the two rooms with mosaic floors and some statuary, again with good explanatory signage. The door to the open-air part of the site led to disappointment. There was no access to and little explanation of the relics. No-one was on-hand to ask either. The path led past a small kiosk selling tourist booklets, etc., to the exit. There appeared to be much more potential for development into what could be a very interesting site

Visited September 2012
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“A bit disappointing”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Once you have paid you walk round a room with display cases and panels of information before you get into the house proper. There are 3 rooms you can walk round the edge of, one of which has the famous birds mosaic. It was not possible to walk round the external achaeological ruins and the shop was bordered up. I thought it pricey when compared to the cost of visiting St John's co-Cathedral in Valletta.

Visited October 2012
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