The house was definitely built in the 1st century and owes its name to an inscription on the right side of the entrance that reads:

    Amantes, ut apes, vita(m) mellita(m) exigunt.

    Trans. "Lovers, like bees, lead a life as sweet as honey"

    to which another person added: Velle. Trans. "If only"

    The atrium decorations are well-crafted, featuring still lifes and landscapes. The triclinium dedicates its paintings to lovers with scenes of Mars and Venus in flight, the abandoned Dido swearing vengeance, and a sleeping Ariadne with Bacchus discovering her.