Roman Insula

sights / Historic

Lonely Planet review

At the bottom of the Campidoglio, next to the Aracoeli staircase, are the ruins of a Roman apartment block or insula . Only the upper storeys are now visible – the unexcavated ground-floor shops are well below the current road level – but they provide a fascinating if fleeting glimpse into the cramped, squalid conditions that many ancient Romans lived in.