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so beautiful and so abandonned

Shame on you, Elba! This place is a gem! It should be conserved and accessible but it is completly... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2015
b_architect
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Wroclaw
Over before it began

We went to Villa Romana delle Grotte excited to see the ruins. We went on a saturday at 12:00, but... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2015
Jane H
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Roskilde, Denmark
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  • Average9%
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13 Jul 2018
“difficult access, wrong times”
9 Oct 2015
“so beautiful and so abandonned”
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The Villa delle Grotte is one of the archaeological remains of the Roman era on the island. The Roman Villa delle Grotte is located on the headland in front of Portoferraio. Both the decorative building material that show the origin of the villa to...more
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Strada Provinciale Per Porto Azzurro, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

A wonderful Roman villa of the 1st century After Christ close to the town of Portoferraio. I though about the beauty of this villa in the Augustus era with its chorister (peristilium) , its pools (implivium), its wellness portion (calidarium and frigidarium). Nowadays, Romans may...More

2  Thank Enrico S
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Reviewed 9 October 2015

Shame on you, Elba! This place is a gem! It should be conserved and accessible but it is completly abandoned. We entered anyway, with all the respect to archeological site. And I can confirm that the location, the view, the villa's ruins and the terrace...More

2  Thank b_architect
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Reviewed 13 July 2018

It was impossible to access the villa at the wrong time. It looks like a place left to itself, without care. Waste and dirt. Too bad having lost time to reach it.

1  Thank 0urmand
Reviewed 9 October 2015

Shame on you, Elba! This place is a gem! It should be conserved and accessible but it is completly abandoned. We entered anyway, with all the respect to archeological site. And I can confirm that the location, the view, the villa's ruins and the terrace...More

2  Thank b_architect
Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

We went to Villa Romana delle Grotte excited to see the ruins. We went on a saturday at 12:00, but the whole area was closed off by a heavy iron gate without explanation. We looked for signs with opening hours without luck. The gate and...More

1  Thank Jane H
Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

Skip the bad museum and save your money. If it's open when you go, only go for the free view. Museum has lots of the same vase with only Italian explanations, which don't even explain much. Outside, things are very run down and there is...More

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Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

A wonderful Roman villa of the 1st century After Christ close to the town of Portoferraio. I though about the beauty of this villa in the Augustus era with its chorister (peristilium) , its pools (implivium), its wellness portion (calidarium and frigidarium). Nowadays, Romans may...More

2  Thank Enrico S
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