What was the Villa dei Misteri used for?

The Villa dei Misteri is a unique but well-preserved ruin found in Pompeii.

As the most well-preserved building in Pompeii, it’s hard to miss the Villa dei Misteri (Villa of the Mysteries). It’s located just outside of the main ruins. It’s located just outside of the main ruins. It is thought to have hosted guests on special occasions.

History of the Villa dei Misteri

The Villa of the Mysteries was part of the ancient village of Pompeii. Before Vesuvius erupted, the villa contained many rooms and even a wine press. It used to be common practice for wealthy families to make their own oils and wines since villas often sat on farmland.

There was one specific thing that set this villa apart from others. It has a strange mural that contains ten different scenes. The mural covers three walls and dates back to the first century. The mural appears to depict an ancient religious initiation dedicated to Bacchus (god of wine and fertility).

The Villa of the Mysteries was buried after the 79 AD eruption and was not excavated until the early 1900s. Eventually, the villa was restored from 2013 to 2015.

How to visit

The Villa of the Mysteries is a short walk from the other Pompeii ruins. You will be able to recognize it by the bright red mural that lines the interior.

You can have the chance to visit the Villa of the Mysteries with this 2 Hour Guided Pompeii Walking Tour. The tour takes you through the ruins of Pompeii with skip-the-line access tickets. You will get to see uncovered roadways and buildings. You’ll learn about the history of the ancient village and uncovering the ruins. After the tour, you can continue to explore Pompeii and make your way to the Villa dei Misteri.

Other attractions nearby

If you are visiting the Villa of the Mysteries, you will be very close to the rest of the Pompeii ruins. You can continue the day learning about the former ancient city. You can choose to do so with a tour or on your own.

You can also explore Mount Vesuvius. Did you know you can hike to the top of the mountain? It’s a safe activity and provides panoramic views across the island and onward to the mainland.

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