COMPLESSO TERMALE VITO SOLDANO – CANICATTÌ

 
Complesso termale Vito Soldano
Resti del complesso termale

A few kilometres east of Canicattì lies the contrada Vito Soldano, the site of a vast late-Roman settlement, long known and investigated with several excavation campaigns since the late 1950s. The excavations have brought to light a building of a thermal nature, consisting of rooms strictly intended for the cycle of baths, both heated (tepidarium, calidarium) than unheated (apodyterium, frigidarium), The thermal baths were built of concrete and probably had vaulted ceilings. The thermal rooms themselves were built of concrete and probably had vaulted ceilings: part of one of the vaults, relating to an apsidal room, has been preserved over the centuries.

 

During the excavations, several specimens of the tubuli The discovery of numerous mosaic tiles shows that some of the rooms must have had mosaic floors. The discovery of numerous mosaic tesserae shows that some of the rooms must have had mosaic floors, but these have not been preserved.

 

The spa complex was located within a vast settlement, of which some streets have been brought to light so far, orthogonal to each other, and a small part of the town, coeval, it seems, to the building of the baths, which it is built in the Constantinian period (late 3rd century / early 4th century) and abandoned around the middle of the 5th century. In the settlement it was proposed to recognize the mansio of Corconiana, one of the stopping points mentioned by the Itinerarium Antonimi along the Roman road Agrigento-Catania.

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