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The Citarista’s House and the House of the Labyrinth


Citarista’s House

The house was created in the 1st century B.C. joining two houses, whereby it shows two atrium and three peristilis, covering a 27000 square metres area. The oldest part is the lower facing the Stabiana street, with a tuscanic atrium and two peristyle replace the old houses. It gets its name “Citarista’s” from a bronze statue of Apollo Citarista that was found in the peristyle of the residence (nowdays in the National Museum in Naples with seven great frescoes)
The residents were representative of the servile branch of one of the most prominent and ancient family of Pompeii: the Popidii. Two bronze portraits of the house owner and his wife were found at the left side of the atrium; another marble female portrait was in the peristyle; two marble portraits found at the second floor represents probably Marcello (patron of the colony) and another personality of imperial rank. The portraits must underline Popidii’s loyalty and their relationships with the court. The building belonged to the members of the servant’s branch of Popidii family, as reported on 3 graffitis and 2
electoral writings on the house, 45 programs about their candidacy were along Abundance Street and some portraits were found inside the house. The boardrooms and the bedrooms are around the peristyle, those for the servants face onto the atrium, without tablinum; there are thermal baths and, in the central peristyle, beautiful bronze sculpture of animals worked as water jets. Bakery, patisserie and tavern connected to the building, are maybe dependencies of the villa. Bronze animals statues, along the edge of a marble-clad pool, spouted jets of water, among them, there were the famous bronze group of a wild boar attacked by two hunting dogs, a rampant lion, a fleeing deer and a snake, all exposed at the National Museum in Naples.

The House of the Labyrinth

The house of the Labyrinth is one of the domus of Pompeii, built mostly during the republican period. The house is situated in the Regio VI, Insula 11, 9.10 and its name comes from a mosaic depicting the labyrinth and the fight between Theseus and the Minotaur. This house presents still the “atrium style” dwelling. This typology, influenced by the Hellenic word, lived a process of transformation with the addition of the peristyle (it’s colonnaded around a garden), overlooked by numerous reception rooms fit for meals. This addition cause a transformation of domestic life, because it establishes a new gravitational center. This kind of construction in its completest form is the expression of Pompeian aristocracy. Among the rooms set along the peristyle are the oecus, new living rooms to be offered to the admiration of the guests. It has two atrium, one with four columns and the other one without. The house is luxuriously decorated with a mosaic and with “Second style” wall paintings. Seventeen rooms still show remains of those frescoes, dated between 70-60 A.D., thereby the new decoration of the house after the destruction in 89 B.C. The oecus which opens off the north side of the peristyle is decorated with ten Corinthian columns, the walls also show “Second style” deteriorated frescoes. The floor shows a mosaic which gave its name to the house, and it depicts Theseus killing the Minotaur in the labyrinth. The private thermal baths are decorated with “Third style” paintings. Two atriums make us believe that the house was built joining two preexistent older houses.

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The Museum

The MAV is located a few steps from the archaeological excavations of Herculaneum, one of the most visited sites in the world, adjacent to the historic market of Pugliano in Via 4 Novembre 44.

The Mav is easily accessible both by public transport (Circumvesuviana, Autobus, State Railways) and by car (A3 Napoli-Salerno motorway, Ercolano exit).

It is close to other places of interest in the area, including: the Vesuvian Observatory, the Vesuvian Villas of the Golden Mile and the Archaeological Excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii.

Near the hotel there are prestigious hotel complexes, restaurants, pizzerias and everything that can make a pleasant stay in Herculaneum.

 - Timetables
From March 1st to May 31st
from Monday to Sunday from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm (last entry)

From 1 June to 30 September
from Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.30 (last entry)

From October 1st to February 28th
from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 16.00 (last entry)

Monday closed.

 - Rates
MAV Museum and 3D films
€ 10.00 Adult individual ticket
€ 8.00 Under 13 ticket, over 65, students, teachers, artecard.

MAV Museum
€ 6.00 Individual ticket

MAV for families
Visit to the museum + viewing of the film in 3D / multiD
€ 30.00 for 2 adults + 2 children
For each additional child € 7.50

Organized groups (+ 15pp)
€ 8 MAV Museum + 3D Film

Special rates for schools.

 - Address
CIVES Foundation - MAV
Via IV Novembre 44 | Herculaneum
Naples - Italy

 - Contacts

Tel. +39 081 7776843
Fax. +39 081-7323941

 - How to get

From Naples:

Circumvesuviana: from the Central Station (Piazza Garibaldi) lines for Sorrento and Poggiomarino via Pompei stop Ercolano Scavi

Bus: lines 157 from Naples-Parking Brin and 255 from Naples - Piazza Carlo III

State Railways: Salerno-Naples line, Portici-Ercolano stop

Via Highway: A3 Napoli-Salerno exit Ercolano towards Scavi

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