Discover two of Stabiae’s famous Roman villas (and the only ones open to the public) - Villa Arianna and Villa San Marco. The tour starts at the perfectly preserved Villa San Marco with its colonnaded courtyard, natatio (swimming pool) and various frescoed rooms and thermal quarters.
Your guided tour then continues at Villa Arianna, named for one of her well-preserved frescoes depicting Ariadne on Naxos. Besides many interesting aspects, the villa features one of the largest courtyards of the Roman world, measuring two stadia (one stadia corresponds to approximately 200 modern yards).
Please note: The antiquarium (archaeological museum) is currently closed to the public.
Duration: 2 hours
Maximum number of participants: 10. Upon request, tours for larger groups can be arranged.
Recommended for families with children: Yes
Accessibility: an itinerary for people with reduced mobility can be arranged upon request.
Languages: English, Italian, French, German, Russian.
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The remains of Stabiae are located near the modern Castellammare di Stabia, some 20 miles south of Naples. The origins of Stabiae date back to the 7th century BC. Pliny the Elder, the Roman author and admiral described the town as a popular country retreat for wealthy Romans whose sumptuous villas with panoramic views of the bay of Naples spread along the coastline. His nephew, Pliny the Younger, saw Stabiae buried by the ashes of the terrible eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 AD. Having sailed there the next day, he died in the aftermath of the collapse of the eruption plume.
The first excavations started in 1749 - ordered by Charles III of Bourbon. However, because most of the resources for excavations went to the sites at Pompeii and Herculaneum, proper excavations at Stabiae started only a decade later.
A number of residential villas belonged to the settlement of Stabiae - such as Villa San Marco, built during the Augustan era, and Villa of Arianna. The latter was brought to light between 1757 and 1762 under the direction of Swiss architect and engineer Karl Weber. Of the 11,000 square metres the villa covered, only 2,500 have been excavated.
Though other villas are known to be present (Villa Pastore, villa of Anteros and of Heraclo, and villa of Petraro), they are still partially or entirely buried.
Price per group (1 to 10 people): € 140.00
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