Pompeii’s “Sixtijnse Kapel” heropend infographic
Graphic explains the significance of the House of Vettii.


Huis van de Vettii heropent na 20 jaar renovatie

By Ninian Carter

January 11, 2023 - The House of the Vettii, renowned for its mythological frescoes preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79, has reopened to the public after a 20-year restoration.

The House of the Vettii, regarded as Pompeii’s Sistine Chapel, has reopened to the public after a complex 20-year restoration project.

The domus – an upper class Roman town house – built in the second century BC, was buried by ash in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79, preserving most of it until its rediscovery in the late 19th century – when archeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli divided it up into nine regions.

It is named after its former owners, the Vettii ‘brothers’ – two former slaves (freedmen) who became wealthy by trading in wine. However, it’s improbable that they were biological brothers, more likely being former slaves of Aulus Vettius.

The building, which includes numerous rooms, a peristyle garden, atrium and shrine, is adorned in splendid mythological frescos and sculptures. It also features ornate furnishings, offering a unique glimpse into the lifestyles of the Roman elite.

PUBLISHED: 11/01/2023; STORY: Graphic News