Villa Regina in Boscoreale, an ancient Vesuvian rustic villa, reopens to the public

Reopened to the public after security and restoration work on Villa Regina in Boscoreale, an ancient rustic villa specializing in agricultural production.

Villa Regina in Boscoreale reopens to the public: safety and restoration work has in fact been completed, and on September 19, 2019, the general director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, Massimo Osanna, inaugurated the reopening of the villa.

This is theonly rustic villa that can be fully visited of the many farms specializing in agricultural production in the Pompeii area. This was discovered in 1977, following construction work, and then brought to light with targeted excavation campaigns concluded in 1980.

The building consists of several rooms arranged on three sides of an uncovered courtyard that houses the wine cell with eighteen dolia, or jars for storing wine.

Some casts of the wooden door and window frames of the Villa’s valuable rooms are still preserved, as well as the large portico, the torcularium with casts of the wooden wine press and the holes and wells for its anchorage to the ground, the pressing tank and the container for collecting the must; and also the triclinium, with walls decorated with paintings; the kitchen, in disuse at the time of the eruption, with a masonry oven and hearth in the center of the room; a service room with a cistern for water, surmounted by a clay pot; and the granary for storing hay, grains and legumes, adjacent to the uncovered threshing floor.

The villa dates from the first century B.C. and was expanded in the Augustan and Julio-Claudian periods. In the portico, clear traces were found in the ground during the excavation of furrows left by the wheels of a transport wagon in a narrow road adjacent to the villa. The surrounding area preserves traces of ancient cultivation, mainly vines.

From Sept. 19 to Oct. 24, 2019, evening guided tours of the villa and theAntiquarium of Boscoreale, which brings together artifacts and evidence of daily life and the Vesuvian environment in Roman times, are scheduled every Thursday starting at 7 p.m.

In addition, until October 12, the Villa and Antiquarium will be open to visitors on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 to 11 p.m. at a cost of 2 euros, as part of MiBACT’s enhancement projects.

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Villa Regina in Boscoreale, an ancient Vesuvian rustic villa, reopens to the public
Villa Regina in Boscoreale, an ancient Vesuvian rustic villa, reopens to the public

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