The main part of the villa is centred on the peristyle , a vast covered courtyard lined with amusing animal heads. This is where guests would have been received before being taken through to the basilica (throne room).
On one side of the Ambulacro is a series of apartments, whose floor illustrations reproduce scenes from Homer and other mythical episodes.
Just off the southern end of the Ambulacro della Scena della Grande Caccia, in the Sala delle Dieci Ragazze , is the villa's most famous mosaic. It depicts nine (originally there were 10) bikini-clad girls working out with weights and dinky dumbbells, in preparation for the Olympic games.