A Roman villa is a house that was built and inhabited during the Roman Republic or the Roman Empire. In general thehouse is built so that there is a courtyard, and all rooms are accessible from the coutrtyard. The entrance also leads into the courtyard. An example of such a villa, called villa rustica is shown in the picture. Villas were owned by wealthy people. Some of them even had mosaics, glass windows, central heating system (called hypocaust)also had their own baths.