Tridentum. S.A.S.S. - Underground Archaeological Site Sas
The wide area is made up of public and private places and buildings: a long stretch of the eastern town walls with a tower converted into the town gate, a long stretch of road paved with setts of red local stone.
Two thousand years of history, 1,700 square metres of roman town in a fascinating and picturesque arrangement, result of the archaeological digs done on the occasion of the restoration and extension of the Social Theatre (1990-2000). The wide area is made up of public and private places and buildings: a long stretch of the eastern town walls with a tower converted into the city gate, a long stretch of road paved with big setts of red local stone. Underneath the road system several pipes connected to an articulated sewerage system have been dug up. Some parts of buildings with rooms, tessellated floors, rooms with in-floor heating systems, courtyards, a perfectly preserved well and a glass-worker's workshop are visible, too. The acronym “S.A.S.S.”(Underground Archaeological Space of Sas) calls to mind the ancient urban neighbourhood named Sas, partly razed to the ground in the 1930s to make room for the square named after Cesare Battisti.
The S.A.S.S. is not only an archaeological site, but it also holds educational activities, meetings, conferences, exhibitions and performances.
At the S.A.S.S., in addition to the remains of the Roman Tridentum, visitors have also the opportunity to watch the multimedia video “Dentro Trento” (“Inside Trento”), a three-dimensional journey going backwards in time with virtual reality reconstructions of the archaeological area. Visitors are provided with the appropriate glasses for 3D vision, which allow plunging into the atmosphere of Trento during Roman times. The gate towers with the town walls rises amid the remains still visible today, thus it is possible to go along the streets, visit the artisan workshops and even go into the rooms of the domus while admiring the precious mosaics. Thanks to the “special effects”, the 3D video shows how the different urbanistic elements overlapped through the centuries to the modern day configuration of the town.
Notes on the accessibility to the site
Free admission for disabled persons and their accompanying adult.
(It is not required to bear any documentary proof of one’s own pathology.)
It is suggested to advise in advance in case of disabled visitors. It is also possible to ask for guided tours for disabled persons.
The indicated parking is located in Via Manci. Main entrance has 26 steps 16 cm high. The entrance to the indicated archaeological space is the one without barriers and is located behind the Social Theater, it is with a lift (usable on request by calling 0461-230171). The internal paths of the archaeological space have various slopes ranging from a minimum of 9% to a maximum of 17%; some areas are preceded by steps with a maximum of 14 cm height. The two conference rooms are accessible; chance to see all the archaeological area in the room with 3D technology.
Information collected by the staff of HandiCREA.
organized by Ufficio beni archeologici