The Roman Villa in Positano: an archaeological wonder at the heart of the Amalfi Coast
The renovation of the wonderful Roman Villa in Positano was finally completed last spring, revealing a treasure trove of amazing frescoes and stucco decoration from the 1st century AD, including a pictorial cycle representing a winged Pegasus, golden columns, griffins and seahorses.
The Villa re-opened on July 18th 2018, allowing the public to rediscover the Amalfi Coast’s most important archaeological find of the past few decades.
The paintings are different from those in Pompeii and Herculaneum – although the Villa in Positano was buried in the two cities’ same ashes and lava, during the Vesuvius’s eruption in 79 AD; having carefully observed the specific artistic techniques employed, experts believe craftsmen of unknown origin must have worked in the area at the time.
On top of the parietal fresco cycle, the excavation and renovation of this beautiful structure – approximately ten meters underground, under the Church of Santa Maria Assunta – have brought back to light countless laminated and cast bronze finds as well as various spaces, such as the peristyle, porticos, and parts of “opus reticulatum” walls.