In Italy, north-east of Rome, a team of Italian and British archeologists have unearthed the remains of a villa which it is believed once belonged to the Emperor Vespasian, who rebuilt the Roman Empire after the tumultuous reign of Emperor Nero. Titus Favius Vespaianus is also remembered for being the the Emperor who restored peace after a civil war and who built the Colosseum in Rome.
The emerging villa is huge, with elaborate decorations, baths and marbles from North Africa. The 1st century residence is spread over 15,000 square metres on the outskirts of an ancient village called Falacrine where Vespasian was born in AD 9. The exact position Falacrinae has long been a hot topic for debate, but the finding of an ancient inscription on a stone fragment near the modern village of Cittareale settled the argument. And since it is known that Vespasian was born in Falacrine and this villa is the only one of comparable this size and luxury, it follows that this must be the birthplace of Vespasian. There simply isn’t any other credible theory. Since the finding of the stone, a team from Perugia University and the The British School have been excavating in the area. The excavation has also revealed a necropolis burial ground and the remains of tombs, vases, and other artifacts which are now on display in the nearby Cittareale Museum.