Bulla Regia (archaeological site) – located 2 ½ hours (164 km) west of Tunis, Bulla Regia is a significant archaeological site in the northwestern part of Tunisia. All the components of an ancient Roman city are to be found in Bulla Regia : temples, forum, public baths, theatre etc. The region became part of the Roman Empire in the first century A.D., and prospered by providing agricultural products such as wheat, grains, grapes, and olives to the rest of the Empire. The public and private architecture and ornate decoration of the province’s cities, including Bulla Regia, reflect this prosperity. Bulla Regia is unique among the numerous archaeological sites in Tunisia because its domestic architecture was constructed below ground. Scholars have hypothesized that the houses were built in this manner in order to alleviate the intense heat. Most of the ornate mosaics adorning the houses have remained in situ, and visitors can view the elaborate polychrome mosaics in their original context.
Opposite the site lies a rest area with facilities and a small site museum (undergoing refurbishment) containing some of the finds made on the site and shedding meaningful light on some aspects of Numidian civilization (the people that existed before the Roman presence in Tunisia). Admission: 7 Dt. per person. Hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (9/16 – 6/16), 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (7/17 – 9/15), 8:30 am -5:00 pm (6/17 – 7/17 — Ramadan).