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Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii

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Architectural Building Historic Site
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. Plan your visit to Villa dei Misteri and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Pompeii itinerary planner.
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  • A 5 to 10 minute walk from the centre of the Pompeii ruins but included in the entrance price, this is a very interesting semi reconstruction of a villa that was on the outskirts of the city build aro...  more »
  • The best villa that we visited in Pompeii. Relatively recently excavated. Beautiful frescoes inside - almost complete in many places and retaining their vivid colours despite two millenia. Much of the...  more »
  • The frescoes in this villa are incredible. Since they are a 20 minute walk from the main ruins in Pompeii (but inside the Pompeii ruin area), they are not included in regular tours, but they are the b...  more »
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  • One of my highlights in Pompeii - it's a little bit abroad of the tourist group track, but worth the 10 minutes walk from the Forum. The room of the mystic women is beautiful
  • Given the vast amounts of artifacts found in Pompeii, we were very disappointed at the extreme lack of these artifacts still remaining at the Pompeii archaeological site. Italy needs to implore the museums of the world to return stolen artifacts, then build a museum to display them near the site.
  • Astonishingly well preserved villa in the Pompeii Scavi site.
  • Amazing preserved frescoes from 79AD. Worth the walk from the centre of the pompeii ruins, especially near the end of the day when it's nearly empty. This can be accessed easily by exiting the ruins near the gift shop and following the external road (go right) around the outside of the ruins and re-enter the park just adjacent to this site at the next entrance (follow Google maps directions).
  • Pompeii is still must be placed to go. One down from my bucket list.