This villa is one of the best survived houses of Pompei – probably because it was covered with high layer of ash. It lies outside of the main city, which tells that it had some privacy – at least in some extent. This also maybe tells that owners wanted to live in their own peace in villa. The location of the villa is on northern side of Pompei – just between city and Vesuvius!
From big and outstanding Forum streets lead on northeast corner of the city. On once trip to villa a bathhouse and some outstanding private houses are left behind. Once this magnificient domus has been playing a role in city’s political play in ownership of some wealthy patrician.
After city walls surroundings get gardenlike and there are flowers and green bushes. These days nice path leads from city-walls through the fields into villa. Around one can see fruit threes like oranges and lemons along the path walking towards the villa.
Of course the footing has once been splendid – maybe with whitewashed or covered by marbles. Anyways the garden and yard seem to be little bit above ground. Now whole house rest on the pit because all those ash layers that once covered it.
Some people believe that figures are describing some strange rituals – maybe worshipping some gods. But there are no really good explanations for wall paintings and therefore domus is called villa of mystery!
These frescoes are really amazing – colors, size and their high level of accuracy. For some reason hot ashes did not burn paintings but they were left to afterworld to admire. How proud their owner must have once been. Some of the bright colors were really expensive and where shipped from other countries.