The boat of Heeculaneum

The well preserved fishing boat was found in 1984 during the excavations of the beach. It was totally carbonized form the Vesuvius eruption of the year 79 AD. Suddenly after the discovery was patiently restaured and consolidated by italian specialists in the presevatin of the ancient wood. This extraordaniry find is now displayed in aContinue reading “The boat of Heeculaneum”

An ancient harbour brought to light in the center of Naples

The realization of the Line 1 of Naples underground allowed the reconstruction of the landscape, the topography and the functions of the coast between the sites of Partenope and Neapolis. The station of Piazza Municipio stands inside an ancient creek, that used to stretch out on a tuff promontory from Castel Nuovo to the FerryContinue reading “An ancient harbour brought to light in the center of Naples”

Naples, the digital reproduction of the masterpieces of Raphael, Caravaggio and Leonardo

The masterpieces of the great artists reproduced digitally. There are the most important works of Leonardo , Raphael and Caravaggio in ” An impossible exhibition – The work of art in the age of digital reproduction ” , the exhibition is in the convent of St. Domenico Maggiore in Naples . It’s possible to visitContinue reading “Naples, the digital reproduction of the masterpieces of Raphael, Caravaggio and Leonardo”

A christian treasure of Naples!

The Baptistery of St. Giovanni in Fonte next to the Church of St. Restituta is considered the most ancient Baptistery of the western Mediterranean. The building, probably founded in the second half of the fourth century by Severo, Bishop of Naples, is characterized by a squared-plan whose edges create an octagonal drum culminating in aContinue reading “A christian treasure of Naples!”

The silver of the House of Menander at Pompeii

A real treasure! The objects displayed in the pictures are the silver found in December of 1930 in the House of Menander, in the double floor of the baths where they had been hidden almost 20 centuries before.  The set is composed of 118 objects including bowls, cups and drinking jugs  (argentum potorium), dishes and trays toContinue reading “The silver of the House of Menander at Pompeii”

Cape Misenum, the Rome foremost military port

According to the mythology Misenum was named after Misenus, a companion of Hector and trumpeter on the Aeneas ship as recounted in Virgil’s poem. Cape Miseno is the headland that marks the northwestern limit of the Gulf of Naples as well as the Bay of Pozzuoli in southern Italy. The cape is directly across fromContinue reading “Cape Misenum, the Rome foremost military port”

A special tour at Pompeii

My job as a tour guide allows me to meet a number of people, most of them very interesting. A few days ago I guided at Pompeii a couple of tourists, Tony and Tatiana. REQUEST YOU TOUR AT POMPEII Tony is a young person, totally blind and 80% deaf in both ears without his hearingContinue reading “A special tour at Pompeii”

A fashinating tour along the fortifications of the ancient Pompeii.

There were originally twelve towers around the walls of Pompeii; the towers were used for patrolling and for lookout posts. These pictures show the tower of Mercury placed at the end of the Via di Mercurio, the street named after the god as there is a fountain on it with the face of Mercury. StandingContinue reading “A fashinating tour along the fortifications of the ancient Pompeii.”