Settefinestre, Tuscany, Italy

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Roman villa and farmstead excavated by Andrea Carandini in 1976–81. Built in the 1st century bc as the centre of a slave‐run estate by the senatorial Volusii family, the main house was extended in the 1st century ad with a large ornamental garden. The main product of the estate was wine. In contrast to the richly appointed villas around the Bay of Naples, Settefinestre and its extensive array of outbuildings was a working estate, showing how the advice of Roman agronomists such as Columella and Varro were put into practice. The workings of the villa‐estate have been used to develop a Marxist model of Roman society with differential access to particular foodstuffs, such as pigs by the wealthy.


A. Carandini and M. Rossella Filippi, 1985, Settefinestre: una villa schiavistica nell'Etruria Romana. Panini: Moderna

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