The Archaeological Site
During the excavation work for the new Lavazza Corporate Management Centre, archaeologists discovered the remains of a funerary church at the corner between Corso Palermo and Via Ancona. It dates back to early Christianity and had originally been built over a necropolis which once stood on the same site.
In collaboration with Cino Zucchi Architects, the Nuvola project was modified to protect this surprising and important discovery. The church, with a single nave measuring 12.70m by 20 m, has a series of tombs, both inside and outside its perimeter. Dating the complex is problematic, but its architectural features suggest the period between the second half of the 4th century and the 5th century AD. It may be the church dedicated to Saint Secundus the martyr, whose relics were moved inside the city walls, when it was under the threat of Saracen invasion, at the beginning of the 10th century.