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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Nemanja Petkovic (2 years ago)
The intricate details on the paintings, the amazing roman villa style, the level of preservation of, well, everything - it's just astonishing. It's a 2200 year old villa and it looks so stunning still. Plus the ingenuity used to make it. It just astonishes me what people could do with their brains and hands such a long time ago.
Joanna Grotkowska (2 years ago)
It's the best preserved building at the whole site, and the most stunning too. The frescos will take your breath away. It's outside the main site but definitely worth the walk. And you can admire the fascinating tombs on the way.
dan hips (3 years ago)
Maybe the highlight of Pompeii. The colors on the walls are extremely vivid. It is a must !
Moofont (3 years ago)
A little bit further out of the ruins of pompeii, it's a lovely walk from the centre to the villa and no tour groups go there so it's very quiet!
Jamie-Lee Harley Thornton (3 years ago)
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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