The Roman Villa in the Kos Town or Casa Romana, is nowadays a museum where visitors can get an idea how the well-off people used to live in ancient Rome. In 1933, a devastating earthquake hit the island of Kos in which most of the buildings were demolished. The Italians who occupied the island at the time, seized this opportunity to organize vast archeological excavations, since underneath the quarters of Kos of today, an ancient city lay there untouched for centuries.
The excavations were led by Laurenzi the Italian head archeologist and lasted for seven years (1933-1940). During this period the Italian government on the island completely changed the urban plan of the city of Kos allowing the most important ancient monuments to see the light of the day once more.
This Roman dwelling was constructed somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd century AD. It was constructed according to Pompei model comprising 36 rooms and three atriums.
After not such a promising entrance to the building, visitors will have a chance to admire the first atrium with a fresh water reservoir and the mosaic of a panther devouring a deer surrounded by stunningly beautiful Roman columns. The aforesaid 36 rooms of the villa can be found in the northwest part of this building complex. However, the main attractions of this villa are the atriums, since in each one of them visitors will find reservoirs once used for collecting fresh water and beautifully paved mosaics that shed light to the luxurious way of life of some ancient Roman citizens. Within the villa also several statues of nymphs, of Athena and a mosaic depicting the ocean bed can be seen.
Ticket prices for the Roman Villa in Kos Town
Regular ticket price is 6 Euros.
Reduced ticket price (for people over 65 years) is 3 Euros.