When you begin your Pompeii tour along Via Marina, it is easy to get immediately distracted by the Temple of Venus and the Basilica on your right. But as you walk along, stop to appreciate the houses but mostly the shops on your left. This home is a beautiful example of what you will see. This residence had 4,640 square feet which was very large for Pompeii. In front was a garden surrounded by a colonnade. This was called a peristyle.