Vesuvius were devastated by the eruption of AD79. Throughout the
whole area, towns and individual farmsteads alike were obliterated from
The larger conurbations may have been easier to
locate and analyse, but the smaller, individual properties, once found,
have much to offer in forming a truer, more human picture of life in
the first century AD.
Throughout the area there must be many
homes and settlements still to be unearthed, and the sites here can
only add to the promise of things as yet to be revealed.
of the sites here were uncovered by chance, whether by the work
involved in the extension of a motorway or by the digging of a sewer,
but however they were discovered, each in their own way offer us a
glimpse of life as it was in the middle of the first century AD.
Along with the major towns, the minor settlements lying in the shadow
Name or Description
| Area (Sq.m)
| No of Rooms
Decoration and Comments
| Villa of Agrippa Postumus, Boscotrecase
||The villa was one of
the most sumptuous villas at Boscotrecase. Built by Agrippa, the villa passed to the hands of his
posthumously born infant son, Agrippa Postumus.
||Inn of the Sulpicii,
||The complex was discovered in 1959 about 600m south of Pompeii's Stabia Gate. Among the
objects found was a series of wax tablets referred to as the Tablets of Murecine or the Sulpicii Archive.
|N/A||Villa Sant'Antonio Abate,|
| TBA|| TBA||Discovered in 1974, the Villa Sant'Antonio Abate is a rustic villa to be found in the town of the same name. It is thought that only one wing of the villa has so far been uncovered. An entrance porch, decorated with images of animals, plants and masks opens onto several rooms including a triclinium and bakery together with a large atrium with a wooden staircase leading to the upper floor which housed rooms for slaves and the kitchen.|
|N/A||Villa of Augustus,|
excavation currently covers over 1500 square metres, but it has been
estimated that the building, which possibly belonged to the emperor Augustus, must have been considerably larger,
covering at least 10,000 square metres.|
||The site contains three villas, identified as wineries by the presence of wine presses and dolia. During the 1st century BC at least one of the villas appears to have been altered for
residential use and lavishly decorated.
Torre del Greco
villa dates to the first century AD,
and, given its size and decorative scheme, is thought to have belonged
to the imperial family.