Gabriella Strano

L'autrice: Gabriella Strano

Landscape architect. She has worked for the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma since 1978 on the maintenance and enhancement of green areas on behalf of the Parks Authority. She was director of the works in the green areas in the Natural and Archaeological Park at Portus and participated in the planning of landscape projects. In 2011, she became a member of the Domus Aurea’s technical staff.

Rooms 41 and 42: results of the laboratory analyses on root systems


It is of real importance for all those who, like us, are concerned for the Domus Aurea and its vegetation, respectively a unique and irreplaceable archaeological heritage and a magnificent natural heritage, to discuss the difficult relationship between these two features in the park on the Oppian Hill.

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Weeds on the outer surface of trajanic gallery 20b

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The archaeological sounding carried out on the outer surface of Trajanic galleries 20A and 20B entailed, as a preliminary phase, the removal of all the weeds that had taken root in the layer of earth above the screed connecting and covering the vaults.

The types of plants which presented the greatest problems for the wall structure and that were most difficult to remove and eradicate were an Ailanthus altissima (ailanthus or tree of heaven) and a large Laurus nobilis (laurel) bush.

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Start of the intervention in room 41: inspection on scaffolding

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On 12 December 2012, after completing the erection of scaffolding in Room 41, we were able to make an inspection during which, through close-up observation, we evaluated the state of conservation of structures and decorations.

We decided to make this a case study for the blog, taking readers through the phases of analysis, decision-making and consolidation work.

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