The once-opulent Villa San Marco, in southern Italy, was buried by tons of volcanic material with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E. Located in Stabia(e), on a high plain overlooking what is now the Tyrrhenian Sea, the structure was undisturbed until the mid-eighteenth century when archaeological excavations began at Villa San Marco and neighboring residences. This is when, between 1749 and 1754, furniture and some of the better-preserved frescoes were removed. Some pieces wound up in museums. Villa San Marco was subsequently reburied and the site was not revisited until the mid-twentieth century when excavations were conducted between l950 and about l962. Stabia(e) is located south of Pompeii, Herculaneum and so many other areas affected by the first-century volcanic eruptions of Mount Vesuvius. In l980, Villa San Marco was heavily damaged by an earthquake. The structure is said to cover well over 35,000 square feet.
Villa San Marco; in the Scope of Vesuvius; Stabia(e), Italy
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