Worldwide icon-chevron-right An ancient Roman mosaic has been found under grapevines in Italy
Mosaic grapevine
Photograph: Comune di Negrar di Valpolicella

An ancient Roman mosaic has been found under grapevines in Italy

The colourful tiling has been discovered in the dirt near Verona

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Just a week after reports of a well-preserved ancient Roman pavement being uncovered in a sinkhole in central Rome, archeologists have discovered a pristine Roman mosaic beneath a vineyard near Verona. 

The incredible find came nearly a century after the remains of a Roman villa, thought to date back to the third century, were discovered on the site. That dig was vacated in 1922, before a team from the Superintendent of Archaelogy, Fine Arts and Landscape of Verona returned in 2019, finding the colourful tiling hidden under inches of dirt earlier this year. 

The mosaic appearing in the mud is quite the sight, and it’s hopefully one the public will be able to enjoy soon. 

Revealing the amazing discovery on Facebook, Negrar di Valpolicella, the town were the mosaic is located, has said it is working to ‘identify the most appropriate ways of making this archaeological treasure, which has always been hidden beneath our feet, available and accessible.’

Another place we’ll be desperate to travel to once it’s safe to do so. 

When will that be? Here’s what we know so far.  

Can’t wait for a taste of Italian life? Italy is opening its borders to tourists from early June. 

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