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Here is the place where roman senators and nobility go during the hot, summer months. From the rumors of  Rome's to their secret place: Stabiae.

Located on a panoramic bluff overlooking the Bay of Naples, only three miles from its famous neighbors Pompeii and Herculaneum, lies Stabiae, a little known jewel In the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.
Here, powerful Romans built villas of extraordinary proportions, where they spent the summer months, away from Rome's unbearable heat, and gathered to enternain, discuss politics, society  and, sometimes, to plot against each other.

All happened over lavish dinners and exuberant feasts. The villas were filled with everything their hearts desired: from splashing fountains and pools, to saunas and indoor bath complexes.
They spent their summer days walking along shaded porticoes and gardens where they could admire the breathtaking views of the Sorrento-Amalfi Coast.

Villa San Marco: Peristyle and pool

These villas were filled with stunning art collections and every wall, ceiling and floor was covered in beautiful frescoes and mosaics.
But one hot summer day in August 79 AD,  Mount Vesuvius unleashed its fury and silenced these marvellous  estates for ever.
The same violent volcanic eruption destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum, and buried everything and everyone in its path: Stabiae, along with its legendary villas, was lost for almost 2000 years.

 

 

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