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How to Tour Pompeii

Here are some of our don’t miss highlights, tips and secrets for how to tour Pompeii. The ruins of Pompeii are one of the most extraordinary sites in Italy. It is visited by millions every year. We recommend going with a tour guide to fully experience the wonder and mysteries of this archeological treasure. Located on what was then the Bay of Naples, Pompeii was once a busy port and important Roman city of about 20,000 people.  It contained more than 40 bakeries, 30 brothels, and 130 bars, restaurants, and hotels. Getting There It is very easy to get to Pompeii from Rome, Naples, the Amalfi Coast and points farther north in Tuscany and beyond.  From the main train station in Naples look for signs to the  Circumvesuviana.  The Circumvesuviana is a light rail train that goes directly to Pompeii. Trains runs roughly every half hours and the trip from […]

The Temple of Jupiter in Pompeii

The Temple of Jupiter in Pompeii is one of the must see antiquities on a visit to this extraordinary site in the Bay of Naples. The ancient city of Pompeii was destroyed in August of 79 AD with the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius. It was a small, ordinary Roman town that at the time of it’s destruction was was located directly on the Bay of Naples. The rediscovery of the site in the 16th century, and many years of excavation,  have given us a very detailed window  into daily life in a 1st-century Roman city. The Forum, where the temple of Jupiter is located,  is now a large open space.  This was once at the juncture of two important routes that linked Pompeii to the cities of Naples, Nola, and Stabiae. Once a small, busy market at the center of town, as Pompeii expanded the forum ended up on the […]

House of Mystery in Pompeii

This important site in Pompeii is named for a series of fresco paintings that are found inside. The House of Mystery in Pompeii –  known as Villa dei Misteri in Italian – was buried under meters of ash after the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in August 79 AD, bust escaped destruction. This once luxurious Roman villa that overlooked the sea and Mount Vesuvius is filled with an eclectic mix of architectural style and paintings. The villa originally dates from the 2nd century BC, but its current layout was set between 70 and 60BC. After the earthquake of AD62 the villa was extensively remodeled, changing what had been a patrician villa into a working farm house.  This villa had a vineyard and farms. The building also housed a large wine-press and wine-cellar. The fresco covered walls measure 15 x 22 feet and the room has two windows, indicating this was […]

Pompeii Graffiti: The Artistic Language of Ancient Pompeii

Pompeii, the Roman city near Naples, is one of the most amazing archeological sites in the world. Preserved by the molten lava when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., Pompeii is an accidental monument to daily life at the turn of the millennium. I only recently learned that in addition to buildings galore, another slice of ancient life exists in Pompeii. Pompeii Graffiti! Isn’t that cool? And it took the same form as contemporary bathroom wall scrawlings, with insults and proclamations of love and some get-down nasty. Check out some of these graffiti comments, from this cool website on Pompeiana.org. This one sums it up: O walls, you have held up so much tedious graffiti that I am amazed that you have not already collapsed in ruin. Last year, the Smithsonian Magazine’s website ran a fascinating article, by Kristin Ohlson, about an American scholar named Rebecca Benefiel researching the graffiti […]