Roman Insula

sights / Historic

Roman Insula information

Rome , Italy
Piazza Santa Maria in Aracoeli
Getting there
Bus: Piazza Venezia
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At the bottom of the Campidoglio, next to the Aracoeli staircase, you can see the ruins of a Roman apartment block (insula ). Only the upper storeys are visible – the unexcavated ground-floor shops are well below road level – but they provide a fascinating, if fleeting, glimpse into the cramped, squalid conditions that many ancients lived in.