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Via del Sole: a view at the lower city

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Via del Sole: uno sguardo alla città bassa

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Via del Sole (Sun street, named after its exposure on a terrace facing the south and because of its connection to the Sungate on the East-side) dates back to the 2nd half of the II century B.C.; it is part of the monumental complex named “Propylaeum”.
The original height of the street was slightly greater; the stone paving was repositioned after World War II.
The terrace faces the large archeological valley where the lower city (full of private, public, residential and commercial buildings) was located in the ancient time. There, evidences of a large domus built in 2nd century B.C. are still visible. It was inhabited and expanded several times until the 3rd century A.D.  Some areas  still preserve mosaic pavements and painted walls. The large bricks building on the West-side was a Castellum Aquae, the point where the water  coming from suburban aqueduct was then distributed into pipes reaching the lowertown.
The front of the monument was decorated with statues and waterworks.