Villa San Marco
Villa San Marco
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Gary B
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
While touring Pompeii we learned about some other cities that were also destroyed and did a little research. We decided to check them out and heard about both Villa San Marco and Villa Arianna. Villa Arianna is currently closed but we took a walk up to Villa San Marco and we’re glad that we did. It was amazing AND free. The Villa is massive- 11,000 sq. meters! Beautiful frescos, a huge swimming pool and great views of the bBay for Naples! We were honestly blown away by the immensity of the Villa and could only imagine the life of the wealthy Roman that owned it. I would recommend getting of at the Nocera (sp?) stop rather than the Castlemmera de Stabia station. It’s much closer. If you loved Pompeii or Herculaneum you’ll love Villa San Marco!
Written May 25, 2023
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marmin
Lincoln, UK329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
A great find.
I’ve been to Pompeii a few times and we had planned to visit Herculaneum today, but it’s closed on Wednesdays and as we we’re staying in Castellamare de Stabiae we thought we would visit. We’re so glad we did as it was the best of all of the Roman sites we visited. Far more intact than anything else we’ve seen and a real gem. Worth travelling to if you’re interested in Roman history.
Free entry a bonus but would have been glad to pay.
Thank you
Written September 14, 2022
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Jeffrey S
Amarillo, TX48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is a huge Villa that is very well preserved. It was buried at the same time as Pompeii. No crowds at all and relaxing.
Written April 13, 2019
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nauasumom
Phoenix32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
If you are interested in the history of the area, this is a must-see. Having already seen Herculaneum and Pompeii in previous trips, the trip to this villa and the one down the road were the crowing glory. So well -preserved. Much more so than what we saw in Pompeii or Herculaneum. Not crowded at all. Just incredible.
BTW, it is also free!
Written September 15, 2017
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stan1964
Baarlo, The Netherlands217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
We luckily visited both Villa’s; this one is the most impressive and also huge villa. Entrance is free, very few visitors. We got a ride from our b&b owner, what was handy, because it is outside the town and uphill. After the visit it was an easy 30 min walk to Villa Arianne ( with its beautiful view), and after that 20 min downhill to the trainstation. Very worth the visit. More impressive than Oplontis.
Written August 6, 2019
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pricklypoppy
Los Angeles789 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
Villa San Marco is an ancient Roman luxury villa set in the middle of rural homes and a little farm.

We stopped for a visit en route from Naples to Positano - a pre-planned stop using the reliable car transport service, PositanoTonyTaxi. Our visit took between 30-45 minutes including having a picnic lunch on the grounds.

Our driver had some trouble finding the site because the sign for the villa was not easy to see. Using google maps or some other map app will get you there - take Strada Provinciale Varano Scavi di Stabia up the hill and turn right on Via Antiquarium di San Marco.

There is a large designated parking lot with free parking. There are also very clean bathrooms.

From the parking lot, there is a marked path. It is about a 5 minute walk from the parking lot to the entrance. You will pass through a little farm/garden and a few houses.

On the day we visited - a Saturday in June - there was someone at the entrance kiosk. He didn't speak any English but there is a sign-in book and free information booklets. There is NO admission charge.

Very few people visit the site so you will be able to enjoy exploring the vast villa on your own.

Some of the highlights of San Marco are: large kitchen, huge outdoor pool, atrium with lararium niche, some wall paintings (but not nearly as wonderful as Oplontis).

There are a few benches on the property where you can sit and enjoy a picnic. Bring your own food/water because there are no services nearby.

Villa San Marco does not take the place of a visit to Pompeii or Herculaneum but will add to the understanding of free-standing luxury villas.
Written July 19, 2018
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Mark L
Portsmouth, UK456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Staying at the nearby La Medusa hotel, we were prompted to take a look at this Roman villa which was caught up in the Vesuvius eruption which covered nearby Pompeii.

Free to enter and worth the visit as you walk around what would have been a substantial and palatial villa in the 1st century AD. Affords great views over the area.
Written October 17, 2019
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threeteenmum
Surbiton, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Wonderful villa, with atmospheric rooms and only two or three other people there. Interesting remains of a large bathhouse.
Written September 22, 2019
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Mark E
Sandbach, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This villa is a great place to visit as it's a bit of a secret. There are few visitors at any one time which is a shame but also keeps it easy to access and the guides are more than willing to spend as much time with you as you want.
Free parking, free entry, no crowds, great site - what more could you want?
Written August 28, 2019
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Traveller
Budapest, Hungary359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Everybody heard of Pompeii, and millions visiting it. Not to compare - but this villa was built more of less in the same age (also destroyed) -but excavated and even restored in a nice way.
On the hills above CASTELLAMARE DI STABIA -definitely worth the few minutes drive, and 30-40 minutes walk around
Written June 30, 2019
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