Thanks to the opening of the Novi Park in the summer 2012, many Roman archeological finds were discovered. They were 5 metres under the surface and 23,000 square metres of extent. Saved and organized with attention, they are now a beautiful open air museum. Here, you can understand how life must have been in Roman Mutina.
The green area was a Parade ground under the Dukes and it was also the boundary of the fortified Cittadella. Then, it was transformed in a race-course for horses and in the seat of great cultural events like the world famous Pavarotti and friends.
In the middle of the square there is a long Roman road paved with cobble stones dating back to the Augustan era. You can even see the sings of the wheels that once have run here! It is directed towards Mantua and it was linked also with the via Emilia°°. Several graves are put at its sides according to the Roman tradition. Some names of ancient Modeneses are written on the tombstones, as explicated in the captions.
On the right of the street there are finds of rural edifices: a domus with courtyard, a marble well, a tank probably used to wash sheeps before shearing and a strange round basin to breed carps.
Other finds are kept in the Roman Lapidary Museum in the Museum Palace°.