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“Part of the Vesuvius experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Scavi di Stabia

Scavi di Stabia
Via Passeggiata Archeologica, 1, 80053 Castellammare Di Stabia, Italy
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Type: Ancient Ruins
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“Part of the Vesuvius experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

If you purchased the three-day ticket for Pompeii and Herculaneum, the villas at Stabia are included and not to be missed. They are quite a way up hill, one at a higher level and therefore further than the other. We had a hire car and visited on different days but if you are on foot or using public transport, you will want to see both villas on the same trip. The villas (Villa Arianna & Villa San Marco) were luxurious properties for high-status Romans, so they give a somewhat different perspective to what you will see at Pompeii and Herculaneum. The full extent of Villa Arianna may never be known as it has not been fully excavated, plus some rooms have fallen down the cliff. Arianna has a small visitor car park. Villa San Marco is more complete. A car park for San Marco is clearly signed. Don't then be put off by a further sign which is a little ambiguous because the walk along a path into what looks like private property may seem unlikely, but this is the way. You will also find that there are many fewer people taking the trouble to visit these sites than you will see at Pompeii and Herculaneum so you will also escape the crowds. At Arianna at the end of the day, we were the only visitors at the time.

Visited July 2013
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“Long walk from Via Nocera station but worth the effort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

The nearest railway station is Via Nocera. I believe there is a bus from that station (route no. 1 red), but I walked. You need to turn left onto Viale Europa, the busy main road to Gragnano, and then later turn sharp left onto Passeggiata Archeologica. Don't let the name "passeggiata" (walkway or promenade) fool you. It's a busy road, with very little room for pedestrians. If I'd known I would perhaps have waited for the bus or tried for a cab, but it is walkable. The Villa Arianna is not far along, on a road to the left from the Passeggiata, and well signposted. It's much further along the Passeggiata to the Villa San Marco, where again you need to turn left (also signposted). At both places I was just asked to sign the visitors' book and was not charged. You need to find your own way around the Villa Arianna, but at the Villa San Marco there were people providing excellent guided tours in English or Italian, perhaps other languages. I missed it, but closer to the Via Nocera station, on Via Grotta di San Biagio, is the said Grotta, which was used as a quarry in ancient times and later as a Christian oratory. Like the two villas it has interesting frescoes, I believe, and I'm sorry I missed it.

Visited May 2013
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“A must see.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

You really have to visit the local roman villas that are still being excavated in the area. Villa San Marco and Villa Adrianne

Visited June 2013
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“Off the beaten Path but worth the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

If visiting by train and foot get off at via necora and not castellemare de stabia. Its a good 20 minute walk to the first of the villas from the station (villa San Marco). Stabiae isnt a town as such but a collection of opulent villas on a 50m high plateau that once overlooked the beach. Villa San Marco was enormous and rarely visited by anybody which is a shame as there is so much to see and lovely frescoes and just goes on and on. My wife refused to walk any further and therefore we didnt get to see villa ariadne which is even bigger. Most of the other villas arent open to the public which is a shame but will hopefully be available in the future. Even though we went to Stabiae as part of the 5 centre ticket purchased at Pompeii, the 3 lovely ladies at the villa didnt ask for a ticket but just to sign the visitors book, probably due to the lack of visitors.

Visited June 2013
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“Villa San Marco and Villa Adrianna”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We walked forever to reach these from the La Nocera stop on the Circumvesuviana, but they were worth it. Villa San Marco was very well kept and very nice. Villa Adrianna had a nice room with paintings and the keeper opened all closed doors for us after his dog chased the goats off the property. Worth the effort, but if you can take a bus or taxi.

Visited February 2013
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