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We had to see it, because its historical value. I think that we were done after 10 minutes. It is... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Cassdan
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Detroit, Michigan
Roman villa

Excellent preserved villa. Large place. Well worth a visit. Not very well signposted. Free... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
771maggiep
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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All reviews villa san marco roman villas well worth a visit wall paintings free entry worth the effort up hill on foot worth the trip scavi di visitors book taxi driver preserved frescoes train station minute walk tucked away own pace
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We had to see it, because its historical value. I think that we were done after 10 minutes. It is very easy to get lost. They make it so you really need a tour guide. They should have descriptions on the buildings, so that you understand what you are looking at and a map or signs to get out of the city. The road is very rough with large gaps between the stones. They could make it easier to walk by filling in the gaps with brick paver sand and still be original.

Thank Cassdan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent preserved villa. Large place. Well worth a visit. Not very well signposted. Free admission. Just sign visitors book. You can walk on the mosaic floor and see some frescoes.

Thank 771maggiep
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

A very well persevered Roman villa, much more complete than the houses in Pompeii or Herculaneum.
Not well advertised and difficult to get to on foot, about 30 mins walk from Castellammare Di Stabia station.

Free entry and well worth a visit for any history fans!

Thank Alex J
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Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

This archaeological site is hidden in the mountains above Castellammare. We walked there, and the GPS took us right to the first villa. There’s no entrance fee, just sign your name in the book and the staff gives you a pamphlet with a map and background on the site. The villas are very large, with lots of beautiful frescoes and a gorgeous view looking down on the town and across the sea. We were the only ones there for almost two hours, and when we left there was only a handful of people walking about.

1  Thank Mayrose G
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Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Very glad to of discovered Stabiae's excavations. Not the easiest to find, Once GPS tells you you've arrived keep your eyes peeled, there is a small sign on the versuvius side of road & a track to take you to plenty of parking garage with a helpful attendant handing out info booklets. As interesting as Pompeii, beautifully restored & amazing frescos. Plus it's super quiet, no hoards of visitors, we didn't see another soul when there & you can easily spend over an hour here and it's free with no hassling tourist limoncello sellers!

1  Thank Janey P
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Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

We have visited Castellammare many times over the years and included trips to Pompei and Ercolano but never visited these excavations on our doorstep before. I was on foot and they are well tucked away but we'll worth the effort. There is no entrance fee but you are asked to sign the visitors record. I visited Villa Arianna and Villa San Marco. Both have great locations close to the city centre but with panoramic views overlooking the gulf of Naples. They quality of the structures and artefacts are excellent and for me a preferable snapshot of Roman life to they lengthy tours of the better known sites. Not busy at all and you can get a good look with around an hour at each. A must if you are in the area!
This is my second visit and took the advice of fellow traveller to catch the 12 rosso bus from Piazza Giovanni XXIII up from the cente of Castellammare to the nearest point to Villa Arianna. It is the a 15 minute walk and a further 30 min to Villa San Marco.

1  Thank Dave W
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Reviewed August 16, 2018

This small archaeological site (Villa San Marco and Villa Arianna) is a wonderment. You have to be dedicated and prepared for a bit of a walk but the visit will reward you with and exceptional treat. Both villas are in exceptional condition and, with many frescoes and flooring having survived, they offer a truly evocative view of country retreats for wealthy Romans. They are free to visit and the best part is that they are practically deserted most of the time. We walked around both and we were the only ones there.

Thank MarcusE185
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Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

Do visit this on par with Pompeii and free ..lots to see and explore you won't be disappointed . We visited as part of a group on an evening the lights around the buildings created a lovely ambience

Thank sabiyak
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Reviewed August 4, 2018

Wasn't the easiest to find. We found the shortcut from train station by GPS. Then a nice man we passed along this quiet alley told us we were on the correct route, just up a bit on our left. Signage not really there. They are still doing lots of archeological digging and restoration work. But what they've done is beautiful. A very interesting feel looking at Mt Vesuvius from there. So very far and still buried in minutes. Also, how people back then considered this distance to be a country retreat. Very cool. One could charge through this scavi, but we spent couple hours.

1  Thank Kay L
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Reviewed July 8, 2018

We visited both Villas and we really enjoyed them. I will say that I thought Villa Arianna was better, it seemed to more authentic.
I wish that more of the villa would have been open to explore but I understand due to it not being stable.
If you are just looking for something to go and enjoy without spending money these are the places to visit. Well worth it.

2  Thank Tanja G
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