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Villa of Papyri is also famous for the incredible number of statues in marble and bronze recovered during the Bourbon excavations.
It is indeed the largest collection of ancient sculptures come to light from the Vesuvian underground and in general from the Roman world. It consists of a hundred sculptures in marble and bronze. The splendid state of preservation is especially due to the dynamics of the burial, that in 79 A.D. trapped these objects in a very tough layer of volcanic material, at about 25 meters from the current decking.
The collection consists of 65 bronzes and 28 marble statues of which 82 are now in the Archaeological Museum of Naples, in rooms dedicated exclusively to the discoveries of the villa of the Papyri. The majority are statues, small statues and busts, and small sculpture groups and herms.
The largest number of sculpture was found in the atrium, in the square peristyle, in the tablinium and in other spaces of the villa.
This vast sculptural complex is just a part of the entire collection. Other statues are still buried under the volcanic material that covers spaces below the villa and its East zone, never reached by the Bourbon tunnels.
The typology of statues presenting groups of philosophers Hellenistic sovereigns, leaders, gods seem to be compatible with the decorative program of a building that housed a school of philosophy or a luxurious villa, where history and philosophy occupied an important place in the passions and interests of the wealthy owner. That explains the presence of the bust of Epicuro and the ones of Ermaco of Mytilene and Metrodoro of Lampsaco, Epicuro’s close associates. Thanks to the laser scanner technique some of the most famous and important statues of the villa were reproduced in 3D, as the screens show in this corridor.
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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.
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)
MAV Museum and 3D films
€ 10.00 Adult individual ticket
€ 8.00 Under 13 ticket, over 65, students, teachers, artecard.
€ 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.
CIVES Foundation - MAV
Via IV Novembre 44 | Herculaneum
Naples - Italy
Tel. +39 081 7776843
Fax. +39 081-7323941
- How to get
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