Life in Ancient Pompeii

Pompeii continues to impress with new openings! The Antiquarium, built in 1870 now in the new role of visitor center and museum, and the Villa Imperiale: luxurious residence of the I century a.D., close to the citywalls of Pompeii near the Porta Marina. Here there are re-enacted suggestive reconstructions of domestic environments of the Roman city as the large dining room, with frescoes of the myth of Ariadne, Theseus and the Minotaur, and the living room.

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Egypt in Pompeii

Until November 2nd a big exhibition and a new itinerary will be in the Pompeii’s Ruins: The Egypt in Pompeii!

Second step of the project “The Nile in Pompeii” which began last March in the Egyptian Museum of Turin. The exhibition, cured by the superintendent Massimo Osanna with Marco Fabbri, has its focal point in a group of eight magnificent statues of the XV and XIV centuries b.C.: 7 colossal sculptural portraits of Sekhmet, the goddess of the destructive power and the generous Nile floods and 1 magnificent staute of Thutmose I that show the power of the New Kingdom pharaohs. Highlight of Pompeii Ruins is the magnificent sanctuary of Isis, which on this occasion re-opens for the first time to the public after six months of restoration, it is one of the most significant steps of the itinerary. Here tourists are able to understand the importance of this cult thanks to frescoes and statues (until now preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Naples) and multimedia support. “We want to recreate the same feelings that felt the archaeologists at the time of the discovery in 18th century ” said the superintendent Osanna. The tour continues in the splendid house of Frutteto (Orchard), the Domus of the Pygmies in the way Nolana and from the house of Criptoportico to Villa of the Mysteries and it will be possible to enjoy of rooms decorated with Nilotic landscape dating from the first half of the century. A.D.


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Pompeii before the eruption

Thanks to the video planned by Altair4 Multimedia it is possible to re-live in Pompeii before the eruption of 79 AD, which buried the city’s life, and to observe the ruins destroyed by the meltdowns and obscured by gray ash differently.

It is possible to enjoy a journey through the domus, the temples, the furniture and public places and to re-live the amazing view of the Forum, the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Apollo, the Macellum, the baths, the theaters, the Basilica, the Fullonica, the Amphitheater and the Triangular Forum.


New discovery from Herculaneum Papyrus!

The papyrus from Herculaneum, carbonized by Vesuvius during the eruption in 79 AD, reveal that the ink used contained metals. This is a big surprise! The use of metals in the ink is much older than what it had been believed. The discovery is due to group of researchers coordinated by Vito Mocella of the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems of CNR in Naples. They used the most advanced technologies to understand the mysteries of ancient texts found in the library of the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum. About one year ago, the scientific team was been able to decipher, for the first time thanks to an innovative scanning technique with X rays, some words of those precious writings. Now the researchers showed that the ink in which the words were drawn on papyrus contained lead. Prof. Mocella explained why this strike is so important: “Until now we thought that before the 4-5 centuries AD, the metals were not present in the ink, overall in the greek-Roman papyrus. The first metallic mixture used as ink, in fact, dates back only to 420 AD. Later, metallic inks became the norm for documents of late antiquity and in the Middle Ages.”

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Pompeii: the Mitoraj’s exhibition

Thirty monumental sculptures by the Polish artist Igor Mitoraj are exposed in Pompeii Ruins. The preparation has just been completed and the exhibition will remain on show until January 2017. The majestic bronze sculptures have been placed in different areas of the ruins like the Temple of Venus, the Basilica, the Forum, Street of Abundance, the Stabian Baths and the portico of the Theatres. The exhibition is a posthumous tribute to Mitoraj under the artistic direction of Luca Pizzi.


Pompeii New Exhibition: “Mito e Natura dalla Magna Grecia a Pompei”

The gardens of Octavius Quartius, the huge complex of Julia Felix, the extraordinary patio of the House Venus in the Shell: these are only few of the amazing highlights of the new big exposition in Pompeii.

The Pompeii’s Superintendent Massimo Osanna, also pulled out from the storage rooms of the ruins the remains of charred food and fruits to expose them in the amphitheater. He explains: “We opened a path that starts from the amphitheater to the discover gardens adorned with statues and furniture”.


In the same time the director of the Archaeological Museum of Naples, Paolo Giulierini, arranged another extraordinary exhibition with amazing pieces, such as the slabs of the “Tomb of the Diver” from Paestum. Besides, frescoes, mosaics, silver sets, jewelry, also statues, potteries that give a sense of how nature and life were perceived by the ancient Italian civilizations.



Oplontis: the new exhibition of golds and furnitures

News from Oplontis. “A picco sul mare. Arredi di lusso al tempo di Poppea”, is the name of an exhibition that tells the daily life of Roman aristocracy in the first century AC. The exhibit in the Palazzo Criscuolo’s rooms, the city hall of Torre Annunziata, includes ornaments, furnishings and jewels which adorned homes and people in 79AD, at the time of catastrophic eruption of the Mount Vesuvius. Extraordinary objects, which will remain on show for 3 months. Over 40 pieces of great value, many never seen before, some shown to the public last time 40 years ago. The exhibit is only the first step of a permanent museum that will come out from the storage rooms of Oplontis.


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