House of the Vettii

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The House of the Vettii is on a back street opposite a bar.

Named for its owners, two successful freedmen – Aulus Vettius Conviva and Aulus Vettius Restitutus – it was a luxurious residence. It has many well-preserved murals, including a number of erotic works – though most of these are often kept behind locked doors.

In the entrance foyer is a large image of Priapus with a bag of coins and a set of scales. The enclosed formal garden still allows a glimpse of the wealth and taste of its owners.

The marble and bronze garden statuary and some household items have been kept in the house, rather than moved to a museum.

See also: The Ruined City of Pompei