Archaeologists have uncovered a historical treasure near the northern Italian city of Verona. But rather than ancient jewelry or precious stones, the discovery has exposed actual stones, dating back to Roman times.

According to BBC News, the group of archeologists unearthed portions of a well-preserved stone mosaic floor, buried underneath a vineyard in Negrar di Valpolicella.

The delightful discovery has long been in the works, prompted by the uncovering of Roman villa ruins in the area more than 100 years ago. After countless years of failed attempts to uncover additional structural remains, this breakthrough provides a true archeological victory.

Roman Mosaic in Verona
Credit: Comune di Negrar di Valpolicella /

As explained in a blog post by the municipal government of the commune where the vineyard is located, the exciting project will be a time-consuming and delicate process moving forward. As local experts work to excavate the area, surveyors, authorities, and the vineyard owners will be collaborating to make sure the mosaic is appropriately preserved and eventually presented to those wishing to view it.