In harmony with history

Villa Tigellino begins on part of the area where the Roman Era Residential Villa of Punta San Limato stands, near Baia Felice in the Cellole Municipality (part of ancient Sinuessa) that now preserves the archaeological remains. Here the territory is enhanced in full respect of the original structure, coming alongside, but never overshadowing its heritage.

The Roman Villa of Tigellino

The luxurious Roman residence is attributed to Gaius Ofonius Tigellinus (Agrigentum, circa 10 – Sinuessa, 69), a Roman politician and soldier, Praetorium Prefect under emperor Nero. From the end of the Republic and for the entire age of the empire, the Campania coast was a fashionable location where the Roman senatorial aristocracy owned suburban villas and where amoenitas locorum was the essential requirement in order to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

The Roman Villa of Tigellino

The Archaeological Remains

The visible remains in the area include several environments with barrel vaults made with reticulated and brickwork. The Villa is characterized by precious mosaics that were uncovered by the digs and by the Roman Cryptoporticus depicting an elegant marine life scene that decorate the luxurious indoor floors. Based on comparisons, the mosaic can be dated back to the first half of the second century A.D. A rare example of Sinuessa suburban residential construction, the Villa is just a small part of a much larger archaeological area located at the edge of the ancient Roman colony. The current condition of the complex allows only part of its original appearance to be recognized. Other environments appurtenant to the Villa are still buried or only partially uncovered.

Special “FORMA URBIS” December 2007
curated by Dr. Catia Fauci