Unparalleled in history, the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 BC cast the daily life of two flourishing Roman cities, commercial Pompeii and residential Herculaneum, in ashes and mud.
Far from the gloomy image created by countless movies, the remains of Pompeii are first and foremost a terrific testimony of daily life during Ancient Rome.
Less than an hour away from Naples by train, you will be taken 2,000 years back to the heart of an antique city. Don't expect mountains of bodies lying around, only a few have been preserved from the erosion of time, displayed along with items and earthenware. The city appears to be strangely intact.
You can stroll around the high paved streets, enter small housing as well as the largest villas of rich merchants.
Theatres, shops and temples all present a more tactile and moving reality than any book or story would ever convey. Many frescoes, statues, and various objects have been transferred to the Archaeology Museum of Naples, a perfect place to learn more about the city's past..
Soprintendenza Speciale per Pompei, Ercolano e Stabia
(Superintendence for Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabia)
via Villa dei Misteri, 2
80045 Pompei (NA)
+ 39 (0)81 857 5111