Casa del Fauno

Casa del Fauno, Pompeii

Casa del Fauno
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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Europe2,988 contributions
Nov 2019
The magnificent House of the Faun is located on the Via della Fortuna and it was the only private house that we visited. It is large, one of the largest in Pompeii and occupies the whole block (Insula) 12 of the Regio VI, a whole 3000 square meters! It was built in the II. century BC.

We found the main entrance elegant and robust at the same time. Behind the entrance is the lobby (vestibulum) with a copy of a decorative and delicate bronze statue, the dancing Faun. It is in an impluvium, a shallow basin for catching rainwater with a nice, geometrical mosaic, actually an Opus sectile. The original of the statue is in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.

A second ornamental, geometrical Opus sectile is on the floor a room behind the first atrium. It is made of thin rhombi in three shades, tiled in a hexagonal pattern, creating an effect of 3D cubes, a design very popular in XX. century op-art.

Behind that room is the first atrium. a little garden, surrounded by a collonaded porch (a peristyle).

We then arrived at the beautiful copy of the famous Alexander Mosaic, on the floor of a room behind the first atrium. The original, also in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, was created around 120 BC and depicts the victory of Alexander the Great over Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Issus in 333 BC.

Behind the room with the Alexander Mosaic is second, larger atrium with a garden and a peristyle. We did not go there, instead, we visited the many rooms of this magnificent house.
Written October 29, 2020
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Jo_and_Tom
Anna, OH1,475 contributions
Mar 2020
Beautiful vila with great garden and rooms with mosaics. Some of it was restricted since they were doing digging and preserving.
Written March 21, 2020
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APP06
Cambridge, UK245 contributions
Nov 2018
The House of the Faun is one of the most famous houses in Pompei and was luckily open when we visited (Houses are frequently closed including when we were there The House of the Tragic Poet although you can still see the famous 'Cave Canem' mosaic at its entrance). An extensive site it is best known for its famous miniature faun statue and its Alexander The Great mosaic but note both of these are replicas. The originals are in the museum in Naples. I love the mosaic at the entrance spelling out the single word 'Have', a variant of the Roman 'Ave' meaning greeting (see photo).

Whoever lived here must presumably have been one of the most wealthy inhabitants judging from its size and grandeur. There are many must sees in Pompei but make sure you visit this one if it is open.
Written October 20, 2019
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Helena L
Malmesbury, UK831 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
One of the must see houses in Pompeii. The entrance way, the little statue of the Faun and the mosaic are all worthy of your time. Easy to find. Easy to miss if not looking for it.

A 10 mins visit.

Could be crowded.

Written August 8, 2019
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Tom J
London, UK1,364 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
The House of the Faun is located somewhat central in Pompeii not far from the forum, and is clearly the home of a once wealthy local. The mosaic showing the battle between Alexander the Great and Darius is stunning, albeit the original is in the museum in Naples. The statue of the faun, in the main atrium, is smaller than you would imagine but fantastic none the less.

This is a must visit site when in Pompeii.
Written July 31, 2019
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Mark42139
New York City, NY1,435 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
This is an incredibly well preserved house that shows us what life was like almost 2,000 years ago! Amazing!
Written July 4, 2019
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Christos
Thessaloniki, Greece4,420 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
One more beautiful house that could notice the wealth and the beauty from this season.A visit at the Pompei is something that tottaly deserves.
Written February 12, 2019
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Antonio.74
Amsterdam, The Netherlands109 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
Do we really need a time machine???? No we don't because we have Pompeii, luckily for us, but unluckily for the people which perished here in the 79 ad.
This is a place where you will see, feel and imagine how was the Roman living from the power to the slavery.
I suggest to do the visit with a guide (chose well)
Written January 2, 2019
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR1,548 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
I really enjoyed the overview that the House of the Faun provided of the living situations in Pompeii. It is one of the larger homes, so obviously was lived in by wealthy people, but I appreciated that it had an entry area, and mosiacs, and a garden. The statue of the faun that gives the house its modern name is right near the entrance. I really enjoyed seeing the mosaics with Alexander the Great farther into the house, and then the nearby garden, where it was also interesting to see the columns made of brick but faced with marble (as you can see in some that are partially destroyed). I enjoyed our stop in this house as we toured Pompeii.
Written December 24, 2018
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Victoria Q
Miami, FL134 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
The Faun, as much as practically all the originals, are at the Archeological Musem in Naples. The king of those days instructed his assistants to bring (the very best there is there". So, don't miss the Archeological Museum
Written November 6, 2018
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