Located about half a mile outside Pompeii, this villa survived the eruption of Vesuvius quite well. While it, too, was buried under feet of ash, its walls, ceilings, and notably, its frescoes, were largely undamaged.
The Villa dei Misteri is best known for one room – covered with vivid and strange frescoes. The subject of the frescoes is open to interpretation. Some say the images depict initiation scenes of cult of Dionysus; others believe they show a young woman undergoing the rites of marriage.