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Augustus' Villa

The remains of this little-known Roman villa - near the town of Somma Vesuviana, just north of
the volcano - were opened to the public just once this year (2010), in early October.

Archaeologists now say it's not where Rome's first Emperor breathed his last after all but, for
many Italians the name - Villa Augustea - has stuck.

Buried in a later eruption than Pompeii, and discovered only in the 1930s, a team from Tokyo's
University has been excavating the site since they bought it outright at the turn of the
century, and each year they've allowed the public to see the progress that's been made.

Thanks to them for opening the site so we could see it - and to the young volunteers from Somma,
who made it such a great visit... your efforts are sure to have been appreciated by all of the
1600 who came over the weekend!

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For larger versions, click on a photo, and then use "Previous" and "Next" to move around..
Pressing F11 may help with seeing the various explanatory notes and captions!

There's also an interesting, and entertaining, blog of the excavations' yearly
progress to follow on ___ http://villasomma.blogspot.com/

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What it's all about...
What it's all about...
Queuing
Queuing
Waiting to see under the roof...
Waiting to see under the roof...
Down the stairs... looking west
Down the stairs... looking west
The 'peplofora'
The 'peplofora'
Columns, at the front of the main room
Columns, at the front of the main room
The eastern end...
The eastern end...
Dionysis - at one end of the main room
Dionysis - at one end of the main room
The decorated end of the villa
The decorated end of the villa
Frescoes and one of the apses
Frescoes and one of the apses
Decorated apse
Decorated apse
A closer look at the frescoes
A closer look at the frescoes
Woman dancing with bull...
Woman dancing with bull...
Almost as deep as a quarry
Almost as deep as a quarry
Walls through the ages....
Walls through the ages....
The watercourse again
The watercourse again
View from the western side of the dig
View from the western side of the dig
Another room, at the west
Another room, at the west
Getting there - Mercato Vecchio
Getting there - Mercato Vecchio
Via Starza Regina
Via Starza Regina
The site's huge blue and yellow crane.....
The site's huge blue and yellow crane.....
Just a reminder.....
Just a reminder.....