Ancient Stabiae, Italy


Luxury villas of the Roman elite featuring incredible frescoes

Expedition Overview
In June 2013, the non-profit Restoring Ancient Stabiae (RAS) Foundation partnered with CyArk to digitally preserve priority areas of the villas, with a special focus on Villa Arianna, as part of a larger master plan to define and create Ancient Stabiae as a sustainable archaeological park. To accomplish this, Scott Lee from CyArk, Guido Galvani, a consultant for the University of Ferrara and Marco Medici from the University of Ferrara utilized terrestrial LiDAR scanning in tandem with conventional survey methods to create accurate drawings and digital measurements of the villa. CyArk's work was sponsored by the Friends of Heritage Preservation foundation with matching funds from
Introducing Ancient Stabiae
Stabiae was an ancient Roman town located on a cliff facing the Bay of Naples approximately 4.5 km from Pompeii. The site was home to a half-dozen enormous panoramic villas of the Roman elite and aristocracy. After the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE the town was buried in ash but unlike Pompeii the location was reinhabited and became famous for its thermal springs. The recently excavated villas are spectacularly well-preserved with hundreds of square meters of frescoes in brilliant condition.
Villa Arianna
Villa Arianna is famous for its beautiful frescoes and incredibly preserved gardens. The villas name has been derived from one such fresco depicting Dionysus saving Ariadne from the island of Dia. Many of the other frescoes depict light, winged figures and animals. The villa expanded over the course of 150 years and has one of the largest courtyards of any Roman villa as well as a private tunnel system leading to the former shore of the Mediterranean.

Summary of Data Captured

This project resulted in the following data which is now freely available for non-commercial use.

Areas with LiDAR documentation are indicated in grey.

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This project was made possible through the following partners:

Restoring Ancient Stabiae

Friends of Heritage Preservation

University of Ferrara

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