The House of the Vettii is a well-preserved Roman domus (house) located in the ancient city of Pompeii in southern Italy. The house was discovered in the 19th century and is notable for its intricate frescoes, intricate mosaics, and well-preserved architectural features. It is believed to have belonged to two wealthy merchants, Aulus Vettius Conviva and Aulus Vettius Restitutus, who were brothers and freedmen.
The lavishly decorated House of the Vettii, known as Pompeii's Sistine Chapel, reopened to the public after 20 years of extensive restoration work pic.twitter.com/jrMijIcFj9
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The house is considered to be a prime example of Roman domestic architecture and is particularly notable for its intricate frescoes and mosaic floors. The house is richly decorated with frescoes, depicting mythological scenes and landscapes. It also features a large triclinium (dining room), peristyle (colonnaded garden), and several bedrooms.
The house is open to the public and is one of the most visited houses in Pompeii, which was buried by ash and pumice in eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Today, the House of the Vettii provides a unique glimpse into the lives of the Roman upper-middle class, and the way that they lived and decorated their homes. The preserved art and frescoes especially the frescoes on the wall and floor mosaics, which depict various scenes from Greek and Roman mythology, are considered to be some of the finest examples of Roman art.