Fodor's Expert Review Casa di Augustus
First discovered in the 1970s and only open to the public since 2006, this was the residence of Octavian Augustus (27 BC–AD 14) after his victory at Actium. (Archaeologists have recently found two courtyards rather than one, though, in the style of Rome's ancient Greek kings, suggesting Augustus maintained this house after his ascension to prominence.) Four rooms have exquisite examples of decorative frescoes on the walls; startlingly vivid and detailed are the depictions of a narrow stage with side doors, as well as some striking comic theater masks. An exquisitely painted upper room has been identified as the Emperor's study. Access is only possible with the €6 supplemental S.U.P.E.R. ticket and online reservations are advised for a timed slot for the excellent 40-minute audiovisual tour; the tour runs both in Italian and in English on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday mornings.