Despite some views to the contrary, winter is a great time to visit the Amalfi coast. Today was a perfect example of why – I was fortunate enough to get a private tour of the Museo Archeologico Romano Positano – no other pesky tourists to get in the way and I got to ask as many questions as I liked!
Located in Positano, beneath the Chiesa di S.S. Maria Assunta, lies the most fascinating, historical and cultural treasure: Villa Romana (La Villa D’ozio).
A little background
Just as it is today, the area around the Gulf of Naples and Sorrentine Peninsula, with its natural beauty and amazing climate, has long been a favourite holiday destination of the elite. The Roman elite, were no exception, building many luxury holiday residences here, with beautiful gardens and richly decorated rooms. Villa Romana is one such home.
The Eruption of Vesuvius 79 AD:
A more ancient cemeterial space is accessed from this hall. Mainly square in shape, it is located under the central nave of the church. A glimpse of a chandelier hanging in the church above, can be seen through the trapdoor located in the barrel vault. A deep well can be seen in its floor. The strainers here are situated on various levels and are of a simple unfinished brick construction.