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List of villas in Naples

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Villa Rosebery

There are many hundreds of villas in the Italian city of Naples. The landscapes of the Gulf of Naples have always encouraged this type of structure.[1] Among them are the Villa Donn'Anna, built in the early 15th century and rebuilt in the 1640s, and the Villa Rosebery, which is one of the official residences of the President of Italy and is named after the 5th Earl of Rosebery, the former British Prime Minister who bought it in 1897.[2][3]


Roman originsEdit

The Gulf of Naples was a particular locus of the development of Roman villas from roughly 50 BCE to 200 CE, where they were built as retreats and status symbols by senators and the like.[4] Of the many villas of this era discovered in Boscoreale, Naples, buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that also buried Pompeii, one now visible is the Villa Regina.[5] That was a villa rustica – a rustic villa, as distinguished from a villa urbana, which would have been grander.[6][7] The work of John D'Arms and particularly his book Romans on the Bay of Naples have been important in understanding the history and nature of the Roman Villa.[8] In the Gulf of Naples, well-preserved examples include the Villa of the Papyri, Villa Poppaea, and, at Stabiae, Villa Arianna A and B and Villa San Marco.[9]



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Yvonne Carbonaro, Luigi Cosenza, Le Ville di Napoli, Venti secoli di architettura e di arte, dalle colline del Vomero e Capodimonte fino alla splendida fascia costiera e alle magnifiche isole, Newton e Compton, 2008 Roma, ISBN 978-88-541-1261-2
  2. ^ Legler, Rolf (1990). Der Golf von Neapel (in German). Cologne: DuMont Buchverlag. ISBN 3-7701-2254-2.
  3. ^ "Villa Rosebery – The Park". Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ Zarmakoupi, Mantha (2014). Designing for Luxury on the Bay of Naples: Villas and Landscapes (c. 100 BCE - 79 CE). Oxford University Press. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-19-967838-9.
  5. ^ "Villa Regina". AD79 Destruction and Re-discovery. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  6. ^ Zarmakoupi 2014, p. 5.
  7. ^ "57. Boscoreale, Villa Regina". Pompeii in Pictures. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  8. ^ Zarmakoupi 2014, p. 9.
  9. ^ Zarmakoupi 2014, p. 14.

Further readingEdit

  • D'Arms, John H. (1970). Romans on the Bay of Naples: a social and cultural study of the villas and their owners from 150 B.C. to A.D. 400. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0674779259.
  • Matthews, Jeff (May 2009). "Stalking the Lost Villas of Naples". Naples: Life, Death and Miracles.