Roman Villa Positano - Villa Romana Positano


The Roman Villa of Positano: a treasure shining again

September 14, 2018

The Roman Villa and the new MAR – Museo Archeologico Romano Positano are one of the things not to be missed while visiting Positano. The Villa is located in front of the sea just below the Church of Santa Maria dell’Assunta, a few steps from Palazzo Murat.

Beauty, mystery, charm, wonder. How many stories and how many secrets holds the Roman Villa of Positano, recently reopened to the public after years of hard restoration?

The noble residence probably belonged to the gladiator Posides Claudi Caesaris libertus (maybe the man that gave the name to Positano), a rich freedman who had distinguished himself for his battles against the Britons. The Villa was a typical maritime villa only accessible from the sea, one of those summer residences for the Roman elite, whose traces are scattered on many Italian coasts.


The Story of the Roman Villa

The Roman Villa of Positano was buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. The same that struck Pompeii and Herculaneum. The rain of ashes reached and buried the villa more than ten meters deep in the earth until 2003, when the restauration began.

Making it accessible was not easy, the works were completed only in 2017, but now it is equipped with walkways and lighting that allow you to entirely enjoy the beauty of this underground treasure.

Inside the Roman Villa of Positano you will see antique jugs, cups and other daily use objects, but above all you will have the chance to watch a cycle of frescoes that has kept intact all its beauty. Red, gold, cobalt blue alternate on walls with hippocampi, griffins, winged horses and cupids.

A beauty that the hashes have not ruined and that allows us to go back in time to two thousand years ago and relive all the splendor of the dolce vita of the Roman era.


All you need to know about the
Villa Romana Positano – MAR

  • Website:
  • Address: Piazza Flavio Gioia, 7 – 84017 Positano (SA)
  • Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm
  • Guided tours: available for groups of up to 10 people, duration 30 minutes
  • Tickets: € 15.00
  • Online ticket purchase:
  • Reservation: +39 331 208 5821 –
  • The route is wheelchair accessible