What to see at the Pompeii ruins
The archaeological site of Pompeii is the largest open air museum in the world, Italy’s most visited museum site, a dream for fans, unforgettable experience for all visitors.
The Amphitheatre is an imposing Roman amphitheatre, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 and found as a result of archaeological excavations of the ancient city of Pompeii: is one of the buildings of its kind best preserved and one of the oldest the world.
The big and small theatre. By accessing the ancient city of Pompeii from the Stabia Gate by taking the long Stabiana road, the visitor can admire the main monuments of greatest artistic merit, including the Small Theatre and, at its side, the Big Theatre, a very special place, positioned near the Triangular Forum and that was to serve the viewers to find the right entertainment after a tiring day. The example that is followed for its construction is typical of Greek theatres: in fact, one cannot immediately notice its elegant curvature so that characterizes the auditorium, which was formed in a natural inlet of the hill where the building stands. This so strategic position was designed by the architects in a very ingenious way, as it was thus possible to see and be cuddled and “embraced” by the whole surrounding landscape, one of the best overviews of all Pompeii.
The Macellum was a monumental building used for selling food and everyday goods, which was cleverly placed in the north-east, a very central location, while the Lupanare, from the Latin lupa, a prostitute, during the whole period Roman, was a place dedicated to sexual mercenary pleasure, a real brothel.
Going into the House of the Faun, after the hall, the visitor will come across the tablinum, the typical large room of roman inspiration that preceded the Roman peristyle and was used to organize very sumptuous banquets and receptions. The two rooms that are located on the sides of the same tablinum are richly adorned with two polychrome mosaic pictures, which still want to convey the owner’s passion for particular subjects, such as marine animals and more ambiguous as the demon who rides a panther. The second hall is supported by four columns and enter directly into utility rooms and has very beautiful mosaics.
Finally, the Necropolis of Porta Nocera that as determined by the laws of Rome, was to be built outside the city walls. It is the larger and most important one, with both exedra tombs and newsstands: of all, the most impressive is the Eumachia, built by the priestess of Venus, for herself and her family. Built between 17 and 37 A.D, the grave is semi-circular, with cement and covered with tufa and has niches where the statues and a frieze were placed.
A tour guide, private or group, it is essential to understand and investigate the ruins. In Pompeii tours guide qualified and available will organize for you an amazing journey of great interest.
And after the tours in Pompeii to discover the most attractive spots of the ruins, you can also plan a visit to the excavations of Herculaneum equally characteristic and easily accessible.