Group’s field trip to Stabia

December, 2015 At the end of the working season as usual we have organized a day of study at the villas of ancient Stabiae. Our archaeologist-guide Paolo Gardelli, expert of the site, accompanied us on a fantastic tour that made us discover unpublished frescoes and graffiti’s of precious archaeological site. It is important to stay currentContinue reading “Group’s field trip to Stabia”

Pompei – Eternal Emotion

Transmitting screen emotions of those who visit Pompeii for the first time is a difficult task. In Pompeii the time has stopped and in a moment it seems to go back in time two thousand years. The director Pappi Corsicato seems to have succeeded. His work is called “Pompeii, eternal emotion”, a short film produced byContinue reading “Pompei – Eternal Emotion”

The Wikipedia photo contest in Pompeii with our guidance

Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photo contest for monuments, organized by Wikimedia this September. Wikimedia is the movement behind Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – a global collaboration authored by volunteers. Cultural heritage is an important part of the knowledge Wikipedia collects and disseminates. Everybody can contribute images as well as write articles. An image isContinue reading “The Wikipedia photo contest in Pompeii with our guidance”

The cost of living in Pompeii

The cost of living in Pompeii seems to have been relatively low. The Roman currency was comprised of coins which included asses (copper), dupondii (bronze), sestertii (bronze), denarii (silver) and aurei (gold). Other denominations used were the quadrans, the quinarius argenteus and the quinarius aureus. According to the sums of money found on the bodiesContinue reading “The cost of living in Pompeii”

Pompeian Styles

The German archaeologist August Mau was the first scholar to classify the Pompeian painting in four styles. The first style, called structural style,  referring to the period from the third to the first century BC, was an imitation stucco, often in relief.  Significant examples of this style can be found in the House of theContinue reading “Pompeian Styles”

The restoration of the bread of Pompeii

Piece by piece. With great patience, Antonio Stampone, technical Research Laboratory of the Archaeological Superintendence of Pompeii, is recovering along with the loaves of bread transformed into hard lumps of coal from the cloud of hot gas and ash in 79 AD, poured on the southern slope of Mount Vesuvius. Patience and glue. The bread inContinue reading “The restoration of the bread of Pompeii”

The Exhibition: Pompeii and Europe. 1748–1943.

A great exhibition project to recount the fascination that the archaeological site of Pompeii held for artists and the European imagination, from the start of excavations in 1748 to its dramatic bombing in 1943. Pompeii and Europe. 1748–1943, the exhibition devised by the Superintendent for Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae Massimo Osanna, unfolds along a twofoldContinue reading “The Exhibition: Pompeii and Europe. 1748–1943.”

Pompeian bodies from the ash

The plaster casts of Pompeii will be transferred to the restoration laboratory of the Superintendence Department in order to be studied with X ray investigations and scanner reconstruction. The restoration of the Vesuvian ancient inhabitants is provided for the Great Pompeii Project and more than twenty of them will be on view at the exhibition “Pompeii andContinue reading “Pompeian bodies from the ash”

The Amphitheater of Pompeii

The term amphitheater has Greek origin and it is indicated for the first time by Vitruvius. It has an elliptical structure consisting in an arena where the games took place, and around it  stands dedicated to the public. The building was constructed in the recently urbanized south-east of the city, placing it against the cityContinue reading “The Amphitheater of Pompeii”