Piscina Mirabilis

A brief tour with Emiliano Tufano at the Piscina Mirabilis. Contact Emiliano http://www.pompeiin.com In Miseno, on the north-west side of the gulf of Naples, there is the biggest Roman cistern of drinkable water ever built in Italy, realized during the Augustan period. Entirely excavated in the tufa rock, it has a capacity of 12.000 cubicContinue reading “Piscina Mirabilis”

The Plaster Casts of Pompeii

The majority of the inhabitants of Pompeii died because of poisonous gases from the Mount Vesuvius. Their corpses were entirely buried by hot ashes raining from the sky. In 1870 the archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli used a technique based on filling the cavities generated where the corpses had decomposed with liquid plaster, in order to produceContinue reading “The Plaster Casts of Pompeii”

Lupanar (the brothel)

Prostitutes were called ‘lupae’, and the word ‘lupanare’ indicated a brothel. In Pompeii, 25 different brothels have been found. There were entire houses used for this purpose such as the one found in Regio VII having 10 small rooms with stone beds that were then covered with matrasses. Five rooms were on the ground floorContinue reading “Lupanar (the brothel)”