In Pully, near Lausanne and Lake Geneva, it took nearly 10 years of excavations to reveal the remains of a luxury Roman villa. With its unique style, high quality wall paintings and interactive workshops, this a must-see for anyone interested in Roman history and archaeology.
Prieuré hill in Pully was once the site of a luxurious terraced villa affording its Roman residents a spectacular view over Lake Geneva. The unique construction comprised baths, gardens and large open rooms; now only a rediscovered semicircular pavilion remains for visitors to admire.
One of the most important discoveries of these 10-year long excavations is a rare fresco. Scattered into thousands of fragments in the ground, it has been reconstructed and mounted on the semi-circular wall. The impressive painting includes an architectural trompe-l’œil depicting chariot races.
The Roman Villa is open every Saturday and Sunday, with free admission on the first Saturday of the month. For an active immersion in the world of archaeology, visitors can take a guided tour or participate in the ArchéoLab, a unique concept in Switzerland allowing participants to try out some fascinating activities.