Boscoreale located to the north of Pompeii is at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius. Some identify it with the Pagus Augustus Felix Suburbanus. Thanks to its fertile land, it had been inhabited since protohistory (Fossakultur tombs) and was resettled after the eruption of 79 A.D. (Via Casone Grotta thermal baths from the 2nd-3rd century A.D.).
During the Roman era, it was home to many villas and farms that cultivated grapes, olives and cereals.
Director of the Boscoreale site:
Anna Maria Sodo
The Antiquarium, set up in 1991 and located in a building close to the archaeological site of Villa Regina, illustrates, with the help of educational tools, the particularly favourable life and environment, during the Roman epoch, for human settlement in and use of the Vesuvian countryside. The exhibition showcases the numerous finds of every kind found during the excavations carried out between the late-19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. These finds were often discovered in …Read more
The rural villa in the area of Villa Regina (currently being restored, is closed to the public) comprising various rooms arranged on the three sides of an open courtyard, where there is the wine cellar with 18 dolia. Among the various areas in the villa of which casts of the wooden fixtures from the doors and windows have been preserved, the following areas and items are of particular interest: a wide arcade surrounding the uncovered courtyard, a space used as storage and temporary kitchen where …Read more
The finds displayed in the first Room allow the main characteristics of the Vesuvian area during the Roman epoch to be reconstructed, as well as giving us an understanding of how man took advantage of the abundant natural resources of the territory. The finds also document the condition of the area, the partially extinct flora and fauna, the Vesuvian territory, the agricultural and pastoral activities, and lifestyle of the ancient Vesuvians and their relationship with the environment in general. …Read more
Villa in the Area of Villa Regina A small farm located near the Antiquarium where the exhibited ornaments come from. A Small Marble Herm A small herm portraying a bearded Bacchus with the aspect of a satyr, found in a recess used as lararium in the peristyle of the villa Clay Vase A clay vase with two handles used to keep and preserve food. It was found in a storage room of the villa. Thin Ceramic Cup A cup with traces of some sort of handle on the internal base. The purpose of this very peculia …Read more