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, Pompeii Edition.
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  • Nearly intact villa from 79 AD. This villa was nearly untouched by Vesuvius eruption. The name comes from the frescoes that are nearly intact in a secret room that is believed to have been dedicated t...  more »
  • The villa is located on the edge of the ancient city and was discovered at the beginning of the twentieth century, the name is due to the mysterious cult of Dionysius, whose ritual is represented in the frescoes of the walls of the triclinium, our current dining room. The frescoes, very refined, would represent, according to some, the ritual of female initiation at the wedding, according to others the transition from the child phase to the adult phase of the girls. The characters are represented in almost natural dimensions with the figures cut out, glued and devoid of shadows. For the expressiveness of the faces, the beauty of the colors the pictorial representation that has come to us is considered one of the highest testimonies of Roman painting.              
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  • Without a doubt, one if the best preserved examples of Roman (upper class) living. The villa/ farm house yields great insights into the typical life if the Roman people. The villa is so well preserved that even the fresco paintings in the wall can be easily viewed. Well worth the walk if you visit pompei.
  • Really nice but don't be led astray by the rough guide and other tourist guides and information. It's part of the Pompeii site and no longer a separate entity as the boundary fence has changed and incorporates the Villa dei Misteri the gate staff at the exit only gate near the villa are unhelpful and will let you walk along the via dei Misteri all day and not tell you where to go. So you must enter via one of the main Pompeii entrances and walk along the Roman streets of Pompeii. Make sure you have thick soled shoes as it certainly hurt my feet walking along.
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