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Reg I, Ins 9

General Description

House of the Beautiful Impluvium House of the Orchard House of Ceres Reg I, Ins 9 lies between the Via dell'Abbondanza and the Via di Castricio on the north side of Regio I. The insula was the subject of a research project by the British School at Rome.

The insula is a general mix of commercial and domestic properties. The insula is in a fairly poor state of preservation, however, with several of the properties being semi-ruinous. The insula contains a number of houses including the House of the Orchard and the House of the Beautiful Impluvium which are described in more detail below.

Plan of the Insula

Full List of Properties

Name or Description
Area (sq.m.)
No of rooms
Decoration and Comments
House of the Beautiful Impluvium 474 11 Fairly standard atrium/garden layout. Atrium. Tablinum. Impluvium of polychrome marbles. Second style decoration in the tablinum on a black background. Plaster remnants. Entrance at No.15 to small work area.
Taberna 18 1 Single room with access to atrium of No.1. No decoration. Plaster remnants.
3 House of Successus 465 9 Standard atrium/garden layout. Atrium. Tablinum. Semi-ruinous state. Painting of a putto chased by a duck in room on left of atrium with 'Successus' written underneath. Plaster remnants.
4 Thermopolium 42 2 Single room with area to rear. Marble counter. Plaster remnants. Linked to No.3.
5-7 House of the Orchard 400 13 Standard atrium/garden plan. Atrium. Tablinum. Peristyle. Triclinium. Rooms off atrium on three sides. Fair state of repair. Third style decoration. Some fine frescoes depicting fruit trees. Workshop at No.7. Cast of original door.
Taberna 26 1 Single room. Linked to atrium and cubiculum of No.5. No decoration. Plaster remnants.
Workshop 175 8 Central atrium with rooms off. No decoration. Plaster remnants. Ruinous state.
House and workshop 119 6 Long narrow property linked to No.10. Ruinous state. Plaster remnants.
10 House and workshop 251 9 Central atrium with rooms off. Ruinous state. Plaster remnants.
11 House and caupona of Amarantus 44 4 Small property on corner site. No decoration. Marble counter in shop. Plaster remnants. Linked to No.12.
Lupanar of Q. Mestrius Maximus 410 14 Standard atrium/garden layout. Atrium. Tablinum. Little remaining decoration. Plaster remnants. Ruinous state.
House of Ceres 510 12 Standard atrium/garden plan. Second style decoration in 8 rooms. Cast of original door. Secondary entrance at No.14.

Tour of the Insula

To examine a featured building in more detail, select it from the above list. Where there is more than one property of interest in the insula, the buildings are arranged in order of reference number, which may not necessarily be the route chosen when actually visiting the site.

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