Villa of Diomedes, Pompeii

Roman Site in Pompeii

Villa Of Diomedes, Pompeii
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The Villa of Diomedes unfolds dramatically over three levels, featuring gardens and pools that extend towards the ancient coastline. Covering an area of 3,500 square meters, it is one of the largest buildings in the entire city. Upon entering, visitors access the peristyle directly, around which the most important rooms, such as the triclinium, are arranged. The beautiful garden, one of the most evocative areas, includes a central triclinium covered with a pergola for summer banquets and a pool. Near the door leading to the service area, two victims were discovered, one of whom had a gold ring, a silver key, and a hoard of 1,356 sesterces.

The villa was one of the first buildings excavated in Pompeii and became a key destination for 19th-century travelers, as evidenced by numerous graffiti bearing the names of famous visitors, including the Count of Cavour. It is also featured in the novel “Marcella” by Théophile Gautier.

The villa is named after Marcus Arrius Diomedes, whose tomb is located in front of the entrance.

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Visiting Villa of Diomedes, Pompeii

Duration: 20 minutes

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