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. 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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  • August 18, 2017
    Beautiful mysterious and surreal filled with frescoes from the characteristic colour Pompeian red very charming and full of mystery From Stendhal Syndrome when you look at the frescoes. Anto
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    A magical experience, beautiful series of frescoes that remind us how were nice the domus of the period.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Nn losing. Fantastic villa surrounded by frescoes of a surreal beauty. I join the many great reviews from 5 *
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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.

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For easy foot access to Pompeii's archeological sites, consider checking into a hotel or B&B near the world-famous excavations. You can walk around the ruins by day and enjoy panoramic views of the area from your balcony by night. Centrally located Pompeii hotels are conveniently situated near the area's main road and railway networks, making them an ideal base for exploring the surrounding region and the Amalfi Coast. You can also choose to book your rooms in nearby Sorrento or Naples, which offer a wider range of less expensive hostels and self-catering apartments.
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