Villa dei Misteri

Pompei, Italy

The Villa of the Mysteries (Villa dei Misteri) is a well-preserved suburban Roman villa on the outskirts of Pompeii, southern Italy, famous for the series of frescos in one room, which are usually thought to show the initiation of a young woman into a Greco-Roman mystery cult. These are now probably the best known of the relatively rare survivals of Ancient Roman painting. Like the rest of the Roman city of Pompeii, the villa was buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 and excavated from 1909 onwards (long after much of the main city). It is now a popular part of tourist visits to Pompeii, and forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Pompeii.

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Founded: 0-100 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Eric Mathes (16 months ago)
Out of the way but really nice frescoes and 2 bodies of ones trying to escape
Piotr Krzaczyński (16 months ago)
The best preserved willa in Pompeii. It's on the suburb of Pompeii but very close to forum. Way to the villa is very nice and through porta erculanum
Ludwig TS (16 months ago)
Amazing, the nice frescos have been taken out and put into the Naples museum.
Federica C (16 months ago)
The only villa in Pompeii very well preserved. A visit is recommended while you're visiting the archeological site . Toilettes and exit nearby. Also practical to avoid the queue of the main entrance, you can purchase your tickets there
Brigitte Laforest (16 months ago)
This is my fourth visit to Pompeii and my first visit to the Villa dei Misteri. I had never seen such a well preserved house in Pompeii. The colors on the wall and the scenes depicted were truly beautiful. That alone is worth the visit to Pompeii.
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