Stabiae: Villa San Marco and Villa Arianna Guided Tour

Discover two glorious summer villas from ancient Roman times.

Overview

Visit two of the most famous Roman villas in the Stabiae archaeological residential area, Villa San Marco and Villa Arianna.

Please note: The antiquarium (archaeological museum) is currently closed to the public.

 

Duration: 2 hours

Availability: daily

Languages: English, Italian, French, German, Russian.

Maximum number of participants: 10. Upon request, tours for larger groups can be arranged.

Child-friendly: Yes

Accessibility: An itinerary for people with reduced mobility can be arranged upon request.

What’s not included:

  • Entrance ticket
  • Transportation
  • Hotel pick-up or drop-off

Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • For cancellations more than 14 days before the date of the requested service: 100% refund
  • For cancellations 13 days to 72 hours before the date and time of the requested service: 80% refund
  • For cancellations less than 72 hours and no-shows: No refund possible.
  • If you are a passenger on a cruise ship that due to rough sea conditions does not arrive in port or lands very late, there will be a 100% refund.

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Stabiae: Villa San Marco & Villa Arianna Guided Tour | Weekend in Italy

The remains of Stabiae are located near the modern Castellammare di Stabia, some 20 miles south of Naples. The origins of Stabiae date back to the 7th century BC. Pliny the Elder, the Roman author and admiral described the town as a popular country retreat for wealthy Romans whose sumptuous villas with panoramic views of the bay of Naples spread along the coastline. His nephew, Pliny the Younger, saw Stabiae buried by the ashes of the terrible eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Having sailed there the next day, he died in the aftermath of the collapse of the eruption plume.

The first excavations started in 1749 - ordered by Charles III of Bourbon. However, because most of the resources for excavations went to the sites at Pompeii and Herculaneum, proper excavations at Stabiae started only a decade later.

A number of residential villas belonged to the settlement of Stabiae - such as Villa San Marco, built during the Augustan era, and Villa of Arianna. The latter was brought to light between 1757 and 1762 under the direction of Swiss architect and engineer Karl Weber. Of the 11,000 square metres the villa covered, only 2,500 have been excavated.

Though other villas are known to be present (Villa Pastore, villa of Anteros and of Heraclo, and villa of Petraro), they are still partially or entirely buried.

Cancellation Policy

  • For cancellations more than 14 days before date of the requested service: 100% refund 
  • For cancellations from 13 to 72 hours before the date and time of the requested service: 80% refund 
  • For cancellations less than 72 hours and no show: No refund possible.
  • If you are a passenger on a cruise ship that due to rough sea conditions does not arrive in port or lands very late, there will be a 100% refund.

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