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The Villa of the Papyri is one of the greatest and luxurious roman residences, discovered during the Bourbon excavations, between 1750 and 1764. The villa lays around 30 metres under the modern city, extending until the sea.
In addition to the extraordinary collection of artworks, the excavation gave back a huge papyrus library containing an assemblage of both Greek and Latin literature.
The exploration was done through a tunnel system dug into the hard volcanic rock, under the supervision of a Swiss engineer, Karl Jacob Weber, who realized a detailed plan of the layout of the villa, largely buried still today. The Villa of papyrus was the summer residence of Lucio Calpurnio Pisone, Giulio Cesare’s fatherin-law and literatus, who protected poets and philosophers. For want of the philosopher, Philodemus of Gadara, he built at his house a library that became one of the most important cultural center of that time. Here, since the first excavations in 1752, archaeologists revealed around 2000 papyrus rolls which could give us back some aspects still unknown about the ancient Roman History.
Scholars and Greek and Latin linguists hope that between the papyrus of Pisone’s villa, under the layer of mud also the last copy of the Ennio’s “History of Rome” is still stored. It’s a work partly known, and its finding could contribute to the rewriting of the entirely History of Rome. It has been possible to recover the papyrus because the documents carbonized, not by the heat of the lava, but buy a process of mineralization advanced by the material that buried Herculaneum in 79 A.D.
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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