This house, which was unearthed in 1894 and 1895, appears in the form of a compact architectural block. From two seals found in the main atrium, we know the name of the building’s last owners, the Vettii. It was they who had commissioned the overall renewal of the painted decoration that adorned their residence. But it is not for this alone that the house is famous.
From the vast garden, in fact, have emerged the most splendid and best preserved sculptures of Pompeii. Amid the eighteen columns of the peristyle stood a dozen or so statues, from which jets of water gushed down into eight marble basins. Nine of the original sculptures have been found, seven made of marble and two of bronze, while fragments of another two, portraying a Pan and a Priapus, which may have been damaged by the earthquake of 62 A.D., were found scattered through the kitchen and its adjoining rooms.