This villa, deriving the name from a chapel that existed in its proximity in the 18th century, was the first one to be explored in the course of excavations in Bourbon times carried out between 1749 and 1754. The graphic and textual documentation of the Bourbon surveys was published in 1881 by M. Ruggiero M. in the book Degli Scavi di Stabiae dal 1749 al 1782 (“On the Stabiae excavations from 1749 to 1782”). The villa was re-buried after the removal of its furnishings and of the better preserved frescoes. Excavations were resumed on 1950 by Libero d’Orsi and O. Elia of the Archaeological Superintendency.
One of the largest villas ever discovered in Campania, measuring more than 11,000 square metres,2 it has an atrium, a courtyard containing a pool, a triclinium with views of the bay, and a colonnaded courtyard. There are also many other small rooms, a kitchen and two internal gardens. Villa San Marco also has a private bath complex that is made up of a calidarium, tepidarium, and a frigidarium. This villa is also important because it has provided frescoes, sculptures, mosaics and architecture, which show styles and themes comparable to those found in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
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Note: OK, so I feel that I can’t really take credit for this photograph, due to the fact that it’s essentially copying another’s art. Yet it was so beautiful, I feel that it should be shared, just as all artwork always should be! We were very lucky to get access to see this wonderful site, filled with ruins that are simply spectacular. Villa San Marcus was not open to the public at the time. The ruins were buried by the same eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79 that wiped out both Pompeii and Herculaneum. This artwork, among much more, was was amazing, especially since it survived mostly intact for over 2,000 years. This is a special dedication to the Artist who believed in Angels. Yes, angel’s are always with us!