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AMPHITHEATRE - POMPEII

The term amphitheatre is literally defined as the space for the spectators that runs all round the arena. The commemorative ins ... continue

ARCH OF CALIGULA - POMPEII

This arch is set astride Via di Mercurio, of which it marks the beginning, in front of the Forum Bath and the Temple of Fort ... continue

BASILICA - POMPEII

This is the oldest existing Basilica, dating back to the 2nd century B.C. The seat of the law courts was here and commercial an ... continue

HOUSE OF THE GILDED CUPIDS - POMPEII

Opposite the house of the Vettii, in the triangular-shapes insula on Via Vesuvio, stands the house belonging to the wealthy ... continue

HOUSE OF THE VETTII - POMPEII

This luxurious residence houses an impressive collection of fresco decorations typical of the wall paintings in the houses o ... continue

HOUSE OF THE CENTENARY - POMPEII

This large house, built in the 2nd century B.C. and restructured during the Imperial age, opens onto Via di Nola and consists ... continue

HOUSE OF THE LYRE-PLAYER - POMPEII

This large building (approx. 2,700 sq.m.) was created by joining two residential complexes which covered an area nearly ... continue

HOUSE OF THE FAUN - POMPEII

Covering a total surface area of about three thousand square metres, this building occupies a whole insula (block) and is cer ... continue

HOUSE OF THE TRAGIC POET - POMPEII

A mosaic depicting a growling dog and the well-known words of warning ‘cave canem’ (beware of the dog) is the decoration foun ... continue

HOUSE OF THE ANCIENT HUNT - POMPEII

On Via della Fortuna, a short distance from the House of the Faun heading towards the Porta di Nola gate, we find a house na ... continue

HOUSE OF THE LARGE FOUNTAIN - POMPEII

The garden of this house is embellished with large fountain decorated with coloured mosaics and compositions made of glass p ... continue

HOUSE OF THE SILVER WEDDING - POMPEII

This house was named in honour of the Italian royal couple, Umberto and Margherita of Savoy, on the occasion of their silver ... continue

HOUSE OF THE EPHEBE - POMPEII

This residential complex is situated in a side street of Via dell’Abbondanza, not far from the House of Menander, and actuall ... continue

HOUSE OF THE DIOSCURI - POMPEII

A painting in the entrance, now in the Archaeological Museum in Naples, of the Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, sons of Jupiter ... continue

HOUSE OF CAECILIUS JUCUNDUS - POMPEII

This house, with its classical layout around an atrium and a peristyle, belonged to the banker of Pompeii, and his entire ar ... continue

HOUSE OF JULIA FELIX - POMPEII

Thanks to its large size and particular typology, this house can be defined ‘Villa’. It extends over an area corresponding to ... continue

HOUSE OF THE CEII - POMPEII

This small house stands opposite the well-known House of Menander in Vicolo Meridionale, which can be reached directly from Vi ... continue

HOUSE OF M. LUCRETIUS - POMPEII

This house is attributed to M. Lucretius because his name appears as addressee on a letter depicted, with a kit for writing ... continue

HOUSE OF M. EPIDIUS RUFUS - POMPEII

This large house, built in the Samnite period in the second half of the 2nd century B.C., must have belonged to Marcus Epidi ... continue

HOUSE OF F. RUFUS - POMPEII

This is one of the so-called ‘town villas’ which was built on more than one level (possibly four) against the town walls in t ... continue

HOUSE OF MARCUS LUCRETIUS FRONTO - POMPEII

This house is situated in a side street on the Via di Nola, which has only been partly excavated and which is named after th ... continue

HOUSE OF M. OBELLIUS FIRMUS - POMPEII

This house dates back to the Samnite period and was being restored when the volcano erupted. It is built around two atriums ... continue

HOUSE OF MENANDER - POMPEII

The house belonged to Quintus Poppaeus, on of the Poppaeus family to whom Nero’s second wife, Poppaea Sabina, most probably ... continue

HOUSE OF D.OCTAVIUS QUARTIUS - POMPEII

The residential section of this complex is a particularly luxurious building which, although not exceptionally big, boasts t ... continue

HOUSE OF PAQUIUS PROCULUS - POMPEII

The house may have belonged to one or the other of these two patrician personages whose names appears more than once in the ... continue

HOUSE OF SALLUSTIO - POMPEII

This house, which is situated in the town’s western quarter just before the street forks to the left towards the Porta Ercol ... continue

HOUSE OF TREBIUS VALENS - POMPEII

A multitude of inscriptions covered the facade of this house, but they were unfortunately lost in the bombardment of 1943. I ... continue

HOUSE OF VENUS - POMPEII

The focal point of this house is the peristyle, which is sumptuously decorated with painted garden features (fountains, hedg ... continue

GLADIATORS’ BARRACKS - POMPEII

In the latter years of Pompeii the four-sided colonnade rising up behind the Theatre was used as the barracks of the organis ... continue

DEFENSIVE WALLS - POMPEII

Along the wide perimeter of the walls, still recognizable, opened no less than seven doors. Only of two we know the ancient den ... continue

COMITIUM - POMPEII

In the corner where Via dell’Abbondanza enters the Forum we find a building that acted as a sort of polling station for munic ... continue

MUNICIPAL BUILDING - POMPEII

Three almost identical buildings situated on the southern side of the Forum were the seat of the town’s municipal offices. Th ... continue

BUILDING OF EUMACHIA - POMPEII

On the eastern side of the Foro, there’s a majestic and elegant building with a marble frieze above the portal. Two inscription ... continue

CIVIL FORUM - POMPEII

The Forum is a great rectangular square (38 metres of width and 142 metres of lenght) originally paved with tufa; after the ea ... continue

TRIANGULAR FORUM - POMPEII

This building is clearly visible from the sea as it is situated on the promontory of the hill of Pompeii and commands a wide vi ... continue

FORUM OLITORIUM - POMPEII

This building is situated along the west side of the Civic Forum to the north of the Temple of Apollo. An open portico, it f ... continue

LAUNDRY OF STEPHANUS - POMPEII

This is the only building in Pompeii which was originally built as a laundry and fuller’s workshop; the three other establis ... continue

LUPANAR - POMPEII

The Lupanar was the official brothel of Pompeii. As a trading town, it was visited every day by a large numbers of people, es ... continue

MACELLUM - POMPEII

In the north-eastern corner of the Forum stood the covered market where the townspeople could buy the food they needed. Built d ... continue

ODEION – POMPEII

This covered theatre situated near the Large Theatre was mainly used for concerts, although it was also the chosen venue for po ... continue

GARUM WORKSHOP - POMPEII

‘Garum’ was the name of a fish sauce which was a favourite throughout Pompeii and was prepared and sold in this small hous ... continue

LARGE PALAESTRA - POMPEII

The Palaestra is situated in the eastern periphery of the city, near the Amphitheatre. It was created during the Augustan pe ... continue

SAMNITE GYMNASIUM - POMPEII

The discovery of the statue of Doriphorus, the symbol of youth and strength and a roman copy of the original of Polycletus, ... continue

BAKERY OF SOTERICUS - POMPEII

Some of the excellent bread for which the area around Vesuvius was renowned was made in this bakery on Via dell’Abbondanza, ... continue

ASELLINA’S TAVERN - POMPEII

Behind the façade of the tavern, which borders on Via dell’Abbondanza and is covered all over with election propaganda, we c ... continue

LARGE THEATRE - POMPEII

Although it is actually the only theatre in Pompeii, it was given this name to distinguish it from the nearby Odeion, which ... continue

TEMPLE OF THE PUBLIC LARES - POMPEII

This temple was built after the earthquake of 62 A.D. and was dedicated to Pompeii’s tutelary gods as an act of expiation fo ... continue

TEMPLE OF FORTUNA AUGUSTA - POMPEII

Leaving the Forum now and heading along Via del Foro to the corner of Via della Fortuna, we find the Temple of Fortuna Augus ... continue

TEMPLE OF APOLLO - POMPEII

We know for certain that this temple was consecrated to Apollo thanks to the dedication in Oscan by quaestor Oppius Campanus th ... continue

TEMPLE OF JUPITER - POMPEII

The name of the temple derives from its original function in the Samnite period. Following the town’s colonisation, the temple ... continue

TEMPLE OF JUPITER MEILICHIOS - POMPEII

The name of the temple was discovered thanks to an inscription in the Oscan language found on the Porta di Stabia gate. This ... continue

TEMPLE OF ISIS - POMPEII

Just behind the Large Theatre there’s the Temple of Isis with its entrance in the street of the same name. Originally dating ... continue

TEMPLE OF VESPASIAN - POMPEII

This temple was built after the earthquake of 62 A.D. as a place of worship for the cult of the Emperor and has a facade pro ... continue

FORUM BATHS - POMPEII

These baths were situated in Via delle Terme at the the very centre of Pompeii, in the building opposite the Temple of Fortun ... continue

STABIAN BATHS - POMPEII

The town’s oldest bath complex opens onto Via dell’Abbondanza at the corner of Via Stabiana, not far from the Forum and proba ... continue

SUBURBAN BATH - POMPEII

These stood just outside the town walls, which can be seen to the left on the road leading to the Porta Marina Gate, and pos ... continue

THERMOPOLIUM - POMPEII

Walking further down Via dell’Abbondanza in the direction of the Porta di Sarno Gate, we reach Pompeii’s equivalent of a ‘fast ... continue

VILLA OF MYSTERIES - POMPEII

This is the most famous country villa in the whole area around Mount Vesuvius. It can be reached on foot by following the mod ... continue

VILLA OF DIOMEDES - POMPEII

This sumptuous villa was built just out-side the Porta Ercolano gate in sight of the town walls. An entrance on Via dei Sepo ... continue

THE IMPERIAL VILLA - POMPEII

This is one of the patrician houses which were built in the shelter of the town walls during the first imperial age. The var ... continue