Porticoed Courtyard at the entrance

A space between public and private

The porticoed courtyard represents the first public/private space, located immediately beyond the entrance threshold, through the large monumental portal , designed to imitate a large triumphant arch  and three vaults.
The courtyard has an irregular semicircular shape with a fountain in the centre and is surrounded on three sides by a porticoed colonnade, with Ionic style  capitals. Its construction dates back to the Villa’s final phase of construction, when it was enlarged with new rooms; the great triapsidal triclinium and the  ovoid peristyle in front of it were built and in geometric relation to the axes of these constructions, and the new entrance with the grand monumental portal was raised.
The courtyard provides connection and passageway, through its portico, for various entrances to the Villa: the entrance through the vestibule , the external access to the thermal baths and the space leading to the large external porticoed latrine , evidently for public use.

The composition of the spaces

The public rooms of the Villa

The myth of Orpheus

The room of the seasons

The Latifundium

A dignified setting dedicated to the myth of Arion

A decoration that marks time

The Mansio, a stopping place

The layout of the rooms

The Mansio of Sophiana

A room dedicated to the sea

Date Clues

The Peristyle of the Villa

A large banquet hall

Pars Fructuaria e Pars Rustica