The Domus of Stone Carpets

The Domus of Stone Carpets is one of the most important Italian archaeological sites discovered in recent decades.

It was brought to light between 1993 and 1994; and it is one of the most important Italian archaeological sites discovered in recent decades. The President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi inaugurated the Domus in October 2002, and was awarded the Bell’Italia 2004 Award and the 2017 Francovich Award.

Located inside the eighteenth-century Church of Santa Eufemia, in a vast underground environment located about 3 meters below street level, it consists of 14 rooms paved with polychrome mosaics and marble belonging to a private Byzantine building of the V-VI century.

WHERE: via Barbiani entrance to the church of Sant’Eufemia, 2, 48121 Ravenna

Among the building structures found, the most important part is a small building of which fourteen rooms and three courtyards have been identified. All the rooms of the building were paved in marble or mosaic inlays with refined geometries and figured inserts in polychrome tesserae.

The “stone carpets” after their restoration have been brought back to where they were discovered.

Of particular interest and beauty are the mosaics decorated with geometric, floral and figurative elements considered unique, as in the case of the “Dance of the Geniuses of the Four Seasons”, a very rare representation that shows the Geniuses dancing in a circle or as for the figure of the “Good Shepherd” , portrayed in a different version from the usual Christian representation.


Timetables: Tel. 0544 32512

Every day: 10.00 – 18.30

Admission, in compliance with the anti-Covid legislation, is allowed upon reservation to a maximum of 10 people every 20 minutes and requires the wearing of a surgical mask.

The doors of the Domus are open not only to visitors, but also to tourist guides, who can take guided tours under the following conditions:

  • up to a maximum of 5 people the visit is allowed without the use of technological tools;
  • for groups over 5 people, up to the maximum availability of access in the chosen time slot, the visit is allowed with the use of technological tools owned by the guide, who will also take care of the sanitation of the same.


The Domus is accessible to disabled people (lift up to 190 kg).

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