Newly restored house in Pompeii offers glimpse of elite life


              A view of the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              Visitors walk down a street of the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              A view of a "triclinium", or dining room, called Hall of Pentheus, part of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the in Pompeii archeological park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              Gabriel Zuchtriegel, director of Pompeii Archaeological Park, walks in the 'peristylium', or courtyard, in the center of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              A cat crosses the 'lararium', a place in ancient Roman Domus where the shrine for the worship of the Lares, the household gods, was located, in the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              The remains of one of two bronze safes are seen in the atrium of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              A view of the rooms of the domus called 'gynaeceum' , the area of the house reserved for women, part of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              A detail of one of the frescoes that adorn a "triclinium", one of the dining rooms of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              A detail of one of the frescoes in a "triclinium", or dining room, called " Hall of Ixium", part of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, the 'peristylium', or courtyard, in the center of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              People admire frescoes in a "triclinium", or dining room, called " Hall of Ixium", part of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              A view of a fresco depicting Hercules as a child choking snakes that adorns the "triclinium", or dining room, called Hall of Pentheus, part of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              A view of the "triclinium", or dining room, called Hall of Pentheus, part of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              A woman takes pictures of the "triclinium", or dining room, called Hall of Pentheus, part of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              A detail of the frescoes that adorn the walls of the 'Room of the Cupids', part of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              A view of the frescoes and mosaics of the 'Room of the Cupids', part of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022.One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              Colums frame the 'peristylium', or courtyard, in the center of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              Colums frame the 'peristylium', or courtyard, in the center of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              The 'peristylium', or courtyard, is reflected in the water contained in one of the basins that adorn it, in the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              A view of the impluvium, the rain water-catchment pool in the atrium of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
            
              Colums frame the 'peristylium', or courtyard, in the center of the Ancient Roman Domus Vettiorum, House of Vettii, in the Pompeii Archeological Park, near Naples, southern Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. One of Pompeii's most famous and richest domus, which contains exceptional works of art and tells the story of the social ascent of two former slaves, is opening its doors to visitors Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 after 20 years of restoration. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Newly restored house in Pompeii offers glimpse of elite life