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“A must”
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.
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“A must”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Easily accessible and informative museum created around the remains of a Roman villa. The central floor mosaic alone makes the visit worthwhile. It's a very short walk from Mdina(another must visit) so definitely stop to see this villa.

Visited May 2013
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“Domus Romana Rabat”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

This was a very interesting and well presented museum. The central exhibit were the really well preserved mosaic floors. There was also a lot of informtion about the people who had lived in the Domus.

Visited April 2013
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“Nice building”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

A small museum housing some fascinating items. The mosaics are interesting and the excavations are worth a look.

Visited April 2013
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Island of Malta, Malta
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“A must see if visiting Rabat and Mdina .”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

Domus Romana is a new name , in Latin ? , for what used to be the Roman Villa . As the name implies , it is an archaeological find dating back to the Roman period , circa 250 AD , of a very rich Roman Villa . The most impressive finds are very fine mosaics , which adorned the paving and walls of this Villa , which have remained intact for all these years . Other artefacts dating back to the same period are also exhibited .
Go into Mdina from the front gate , and start your visit on the left at the Museum and then proceed to the Cathedral further inwards , later visiting the bastions and exit from the Greeks gate towards the Roman Villa . After you have finished , you can walk towards Rabat , visiting Ta Giezu Church and St Pauls church and Catacombs for a full day tour . another attraction near the Roman Villa is a small road train tour of Rabat which I think departs every hour .
The Villa also has a gift shop, which is a bit expensive in my opinion, and you could do much better by crossing the square in front of the Villa and visiting the other gift shop across the road.
the villa is worth a visit if you have paid the multi site ticket , as otherwise it is on the expensive side and a very small museum in size , even if a rare site due to its fine roman mosaics.

Visited December 2012
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“mutli ticket visit”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

we purchased a multi site ticket in Mdina for the Roman house, St Pauls Catacombs and natural history museum for 9 euros each. The Roman house is worth a look at as a package but I would not of liked to have paid to just get into the Domus Romana. Its quite a short experience but enjoyable if you like history, it gives you an excellent idea of how the roman elite lived in Malta.

Visited April 2013
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