The ancient town of Stabiae is still covered under a thick layer of ash and pumice stones but its villas have been brought to light recently. Not far from the modern city, many tombs of the ancient town have been discovered. They date back to the 7th century when the town was probably built by Oscan people, like the nearby towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The ancient town was built up on the Varano hill and thanks to its strategic position it was inhabited by many rich people who built otium villas on a panoramic position.
Among the most famous dwellings there are villa San Marco and villa Arianna which are located up on a promontory facing the area of the ancient shoreline.
Villa San Marco dates back to the Augustan age and it is one of the most sumptuous villas of the area. It has a colonnaded courtyard, a thermal bath area, a marvelous ninfeo and many beautiful rooms, all decorated with frescoes and mosaics.
Villa Arianna is a huge complex, more than 2500 square meters, and it still has various well preserved grandiose architectures, like the large palestra or the thermal area, beautiful mosaics and frescoes which are still visible today. A few of those ornaments have been detached from the villa and taken to the archaeological museum in Naples.
This tour lasts one hour and a half.
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