Reconstruction of a Roman peristylum (peristyle) and peristylium (courtyard) at Pompeii. A peristyle is a columned porch or open colonnade in a building surrounding a court that may contain an internal garden.
Wealthy Roman citizens in the towns lived in a domus. They were single-storey houses which were built around a courtyard known as an atrium. Atriums had rooms opening up off of them and they had no roofs. A rich Roman house had many rooms including kitc