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Reg II, Ins 3

General Description

House of Venus in the Shell Reg II, Ins 3 lies along the south side of the Via dell'Abbondanza on the northern boundary of Regio II.
The insula contains mostly domestic properties, as can be seen from the detailed list below.

Two large properties, the House of Venus in the Shell and an as yet unnamed house occupy most of the insula. The unnamed property is in a ruinous state, but the House of Venus in the Shell has many impressive frescoes and is well worth a visit.

Plan of the Insula..

.A. House of Venus in the Shell

Full List of Properties

Name or Description
Area (Sq.m)
No of Rooms
Decoration and Comments
Unnamed house 80 4 Small property at No.2 linked to atrium of No.3. Ruinous state. Plaster remnants. Stairs up at No.1.
House of Venus in the Shell 667 15 Fairly standard atrium/garden layout with the peristyle offset to the west. Atrium leading directly to peristyle. Large Triclinium off atrium. Peristyle with central garden. Third style  decoration throughout with fresco of Venus reclining in a shell on rear wall of peristyle.
Unnamed house 1220 10 Long entrance passage with rooms off. Atrium. Large garden/orchard. Ruinous state. Posticum at No.6.
5 Caupona 55 2 Caupona or popina. Back room. Ruinous state.
7-9 Pottery, house and garden 819 4 Possible potter's workshop. Entrance opens onto large central area with rooms off. Large garden.

Tour of the Insula

To examine a featured building in more detail, select it from the above list. Where there is more than one property of interest in the insula, the buildings are arranged in order of reference number, which may not necessarily be the route chosen when actually visiting the site.

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