Casa delle Vestali
Casa delle Vestali
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
About
The Atrium Vestae, or Casa delle Vestali, is located next to the Temple of Vesta in the eastern side of the Roman Forum, at the foot of the Palatine Hill. The Vestal Virgins - six at any one time - were priestesses chosen to tend to the temple dedicated to Vesta, the powerful Roman goddess of the hearth, as well as performing rites and ceremonies throughout the year, in a tradition dating back to the seventh century BC.
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Neighbourhood: Campitelli
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  • Fori Imperiali-Colosseo • 6 min walk
  • Colosseo • 6 min walk
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy6,786 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Remains of the house (and garden) of the vestal virgins with their sacred flame. Part of the Roman forum.
Written 5 July 2021
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AdamLeaves
Canberra, Australia520 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The building which housed the virgins is ruined with little more than the floor plan being evident. But the best part of the place is the story. The Vestal Virgins job was to keep the Roman flame alight and it was a position of great privilege and importance. Apparently virgins who lasted 30 years retired wealthy but those who were found not to be virgins were put to death. Suggest download Rick Steve' free audioguide which gives and entertaining and knowledgeable account.
Written 21 October 2019
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serhanozel
Alanya, Türkiye1,103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
these building teach us old nations rafined art sense. pools, archs had been not forgatten. we have to follow some rules traditionel house making.
Written 27 September 2019
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ChiefGuru
Decatur, IN3,414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The House of the Vestal Virgins (Vesta was the goddess of the hearth, the home, and domestic life) is located in front of Palatine Hill with the Domus Tiberiana and behind the circular Temple of Vesta, near the Regia and the Temple of Romulus. The original house was built in the 6th century B.C., and the Vestal Virgins occupied this area until 394 A.D., when the cult was outlawed (dissolution of the College of the Vestals and the introduction of compulsory Christianity was done by Theodosius I). Afterward, the building was used for Imperial offices. The building was a three-story 50-room palace with an elongated court with a double pool. Today, remains of the statues of the Vestals can be seen in the courtyard. Romans believed the cult of the Vestal Virgins was instituted under the eighth-century B.C. king Numa Pompilius, second king of Rome and the successor of Rome's founder, Romulus. The Vestal Virgins were six to seven in number, they were selected by the Pontifex Maximus (chief high priest of the College of Pontiffs in ancient Rome) to serve for thirty years. They are reported to have learned the sacred rites during the first ten years, performed them during the second ten, and taught them during the last ten. The Vestals were to remain chaste, tend the eternal flame, safeguard the sacred objects within the Temple of Vesta, and prepare the grain mixed with salt for sacrifice. They enjoyed privileges denied other women. At the end of service, they were released from their vows and free to marry, although few did so. The Vestals were responsible to the Pontifex Maximus, who resided in the domus publica, which was part of the House of the Vestals. Originally, the Pontifex Maximus and the emperor were separate people. However, beginning with Emperor Augustus, the emperor and the Pontifex Maximus were the same person. This is a must seen when visiting the Forum.
Written 6 September 2019
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SuperTed19
Madison, WI763 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Dedicating a lifetime of service to one important task in exchange for preferred treatment was the fate/destiny/honor for those who lived and worked here.
Written 29 July 2019
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Mark42139
New York City, NY1,656 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
This is an interesting part of the Roman Forum with some very neat statues, and worthwhile to visit.
Written 4 July 2019
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Tom C
South Jordan, UT280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
This structure is not as well preserved as some of the other venues. But it is so amazing to see it especially if you know some of the history behind this fascinating group.
Written 31 January 2019
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
Located in the Roman Forum, the House of the Vestal Virgins was home of the virgins who tended the flame in the nearby Temple of Vesta. Most of it is in ruins. There are some statues still standing in the courtyard.
Written 4 December 2018
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MandC0218
Riverside, CA7,212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
We really enjoyed this site inside the Roman Forum. There are ruins of benches on the side to relax. Many statues also help us to appreciate what it was like there two thousand years ago.Don't miss it.
Written 23 August 2018
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom55,304 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
Part of the Roman Forum, this is the House of the Vestal Virgins who maintained the flame of the Temple of Vesta. It was an ancient place of worship but now forms an important part of the ruins.
Written 20 May 2018
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