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Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii

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Ancient Pompeii's most famous structure, Villa dei Misteri is a remarkably well-preserved ruin of a Roman villa noted for its vibrant wall paintings. The structure sustained only minor damage from the infamous eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE, and remained covered by a thick layer of ash and soil for nearly two millennia. Excavation on one of the most stunning finds in the ancient city started in 1909, revealing a series of rooms filled with virtually undamaged columns, mosaics, frescoes, and relics of everyday life. Restored and reopened to visitors in early 2015, the elegant suburban villa provides a rare look at the splendor enjoyed by Pompeii's wealthy families. Villa dei Misteri is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • It was a long walk to Villa dei Misteri (after a morning visiting many other meaningful sites). On the way there I visited the domus of Dionysius, a must but not publicised sufficiently. The Villa is....  more
    It was a long walk to Villa dei Misteri (after a morning visiting many other meaningful sites). On the way there I visited the domus of Dionysius, a must but not publicised sufficiently. The Villa is....  more »
  • A little bit on the outskirts of the main ruins, but an exceptional place to visit. Wonderful frescoes and architecture 
    A little bit on the outskirts of the main ruins, but an exceptional place to visit. Wonderful frescoes and architecture  more »
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  • This villa was preserved along with Pompeii after Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. In it you can see plaster molds of victims to the volcano, experience what a working villa that made wine. What's most famous is the well preserved frescas that are easily visible and are among the best examples for Roman art. The site is pretty far from the main Pompeii complex however it is worth a visit. You will come upon a gate that looks like an exit, but keep going and you will go through some gardens and then into the villa.
  • Worth a visit even it's a bit further away from the main area. Beautiful frescos and mosaic floors and few interesting plaster casts. Free to visit with entry ticket.

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