1st century BC.
Pagus Vallis Luci
The Pagus Vallis Luci was marked by the presence of the lucus, the sacred grove dedicated to the pagan divinities, in which the Romans celebrated festivals and offered sacrifices5. In fact, a large stone block that is thought to be part of a sacrificial altar was found in Valleluce. It is believed that in the same century, the writer of tragedies and suffectus consul Publius Pomponius Secundus6, together with his gens, had his villa built in the Pagus Vallis Luci, as the Roman epigraph located in Via Cifalco seems to testify7. Among the other finds that have been brought to light in the past, there are also: a granite column trunk, a capital, an amphora and two coins. One of these two, found in the excavations of Piazza San Nilo, dates back to the 2nd century AD and has an effigy of Faustina Minor.
Picture: Roman Epigraph placed in Via Cifalco.