Antiquarium Turritanum Porto Torres: archaeological museum info.

archaeological site porto torres

The National Archaeological Museum Antiquarium Turritanum is located in the archaeological area of Turris Libisonis, the ancient Roman city, where now stands Porto Torres.

The colony was of strategic importance in the empire: it had theonly port northwest of Sardinia, which had direct relations with the port of Ostia.

The artifacts, housed inside the museum, come from excavations in the archaeological area. They attest to the lively relations with all regions of the central, western and Aegean Mediterranean basin.

The archaeological area is one of the most fascinating testimonies to the Roman Sardinia.
The grandeur of the place in ancient Roman times is evident. In fact, in addition to the flourishing commercial activity favored by the presence of the port, there were large grain crops in the surrounding lands of the Nurra.

Around the ancient city you can visit the vast necropolis: the Hypogeum of Tanca Borgona; the funerary complexes of Scogliolungo and San Gavino a mare; thehe tombs of Balai.

The burials are evidence ranging from the early imperial age to the early Christian era. The Roman bridge over the river is in perfect condition and has seven elegant arches, a great engineering feat of Roman times.

Not to be missed during your trip to discover the Archaeological Museum of Porto Torres

  • The Domus of Orpheus: this is an ancient patrician house richly decorated with frescoes and wrought floors covered with mosaics. Right here you can admire the mosaic depicting Orpheus playing the lyre surrounded by animals. This is the second mosaic found in Sardinia depicting Orpheus.
  • The Central Baths, which came into being around the 3rd and 4th centuries A.D. They were very important baths, in fact they have the conformation of a large block of about 2,000 square meters. You can still walk around admiring the portions of the urban streets paved with trachyte slabs where various stores overlooked. Like the great imperial baths, the Turris Libisonis baths had rooms for cold baths, hot baths, passageways, sauna and massage rooms. It represents one of the largest bathing establishments in Roman Sardinia.

For more information, visit the official website of the Archaeological Museum

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