Purchase your ticket on line

From Jenuary 15th the entrance tickets can be puchased on line. Entrance tickets, then  can be pre-purchased online from Superintendent’s site (www.pompeiisites.org) or TicketOne (www.ticketone.it): with a few clicks and paying by credit card you can choose to receive tickets at home or to print it and go directly to the entrance or withdraw them at a point dedicated to.

From the same date it is not allowed entering backpack that exceed the size of 30x30x15 cm.. The ban comes from the increasing necessity of safeguarding the heritage of the site. The outsize bags and backpack can be left  in free cloakroom at entry gates to the archaeological site or on buses.


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Pavilion of the boat at Herculaneum

In the area forthcoming the “Pavilion of the boat”,  close to the ancient site of Herculaneum, it will be created the new Archeological Museum of Herculaneum. The design of the bulding was commissioned to the famous Italian Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano.

The museum will house the artifacts crammed in the deposits of Ercolano and some frescoes and statues that are in the deposits of the Naples National Archaeological Museum.

The funders of the new museum will be the members  of the Packard Foundation, supported by David Woodley Packard, seventy years old, son of the founder of Hewlett-Packard, for years the archaeological funders.

According to the progect, the new structure will be a basement  with a minimum impact on the landscape and it will be covered with a green roof, on the model of other interventions Piano as the California Academy of Sciences of San Francisco.




Free museums and archaeological site in Campania

On September 7th started off the initiative:  “the first Sunday of the month”, the appointment with #DomenicalMuseo. That means  all the museums and archaeological sites can be visited free state. It is the first application of the rule of  Franceschini decree which is in effect since the July 1st  last year, it says that every first Sunday of the month you do not have to pay the ticket to visit monuments, museums, galleries, archaeological site  parks and gardens as national monuments.

Herculaneum - well-preserved mosaic
Herculaneum – well-preserved mosaic

New opening in Pompeii archeological site

Thanks to the recruitment of more guardians, in Pompeii archeological site, it will be possible to visit many intersting “domus” that once were closed to the public.

Thermal baths
Thermal baths

The open “domus” are:

Termopolio di Vetutio Placido
Casa dei Ceii
Casa del Larario di Achille

Casa di Marco Lucrezio Frontone

Casa dell’Ara Massima
Casa di Apollo

Terme Suburbane
Casa della Caccia Antica

Casa di Cornelia

Casa di Marco Lucrezio





Every Friday evening opening of the main museums and archeological sites from 20 to 22. The excellence of Italian culture will be open to the public, such as Capodimonte and the Archeological Museum, Pompeii ruins, and many other.


Ruins by night
                                                         Ruins by night

Basilica Noniana, Herculaneum and the ‘Basilica’ Frescoes.

One building or two? A building was partially discovered in 1739 by Alcubierre. Described as a ‘temple’, it had semi-circular niches containing the well known frescoes of Thereus, Telephus, Chiron and Achilles and others. In Cochin and Bellicard’s book 1954 is a description of a building containing the frescoes and two equestrian statues. Cochin’s plan of the building, shown opposite, notes the location of the finds. Variously described as a temple, a basilica, and a forum, the building measured 68m by 40m and was placed on the north side of the Decumanus Maximus.


Tha Basilica map

If this building, the source of these well known frescoes and equestrian statues, and the Basilica Noniana are one and the same, some obvious anomalies arise:

a) The location – on opposite sides of the Decumanus Maximus, this difference could be explained by the difficulty in locating the building due to the many twists and turns in the access tunnels.

b) The size – Cochin measured the building as 68m by 40m (larger, by the way than the Basilica in Pompeii) while the Basilica Noniana is less than half the size. Could Cochin’s measurements by out by a factor of two?

c) The orientation – Cochin placed the main entrance on the souhtwest side of the building, whereas the entrance to the Basilica Noniana is plainly on its northeast side, off the Decumanus Maximus.

So, one building or two?


(from http://bloggingpompeii.blogspot.it/2011/01/basilica-noniana-herculaneum-and.html)

The Bourbon tunnel used for the excavations
The equestrian statue of Marco Nonio Balbo, Archeaological Museum of Naples



Pompeii in 3 D – Film

Pompeii in 3 D - Film
Pompeii in 3 D – Film

Pompeii (referred to by marketing as Pompeii in 3D) is an upcoming American disaster-adventure film co-written, produced and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, the film stars Kit HaringtonEmily BrowningCarrie-Anne MossAdewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeJessica Lucas, with Jared Harris, and Kiefer Sutherland. It is scheduled to be released in February 2014.


Pompeii 2 hours tour
Pompeii 2 hours tour

The Samnite House of Herculaneum



The Samnite House (Casa Samnitica) is one of the older homes in Herculaneum – at the time of the eruption it was about 300 years old.

The house originally occupied all of the southern part of Insula V and included a three sided peristyle, perhaps with a hortus, which once stood on the site of the later House of the Great Portal.


After the earthquake in 62 AD, the rooms on the upper floor were separated from the house and rented out, creating an indipendent entrance.

The lovely view frames the portal topped by tufa capitals supporting the wooden architrave: the entrance is decorated in the first style, with a coffered second style ceiling.


The atrium has a gallery with Ionic columns closed off with a stucco lined tracery screen on three sides while it is left open to the east.


The floor is signinum opus dotted with white tiles, while that of the tablinum is adorned with a rosette of diamond shapes centered around a round copper tile.

To the right of the entrance is a cubiculum with a green monochrome fresco, decorated with architectural motifs, hangings and, in the centre, a small panel illustrating the Rape of Europa. The room has a red and white mosaic floor and is lit by a small window in its south wall.


In the middle of the north side of the atrium a doorway opens onto a small room which gave access to the service area and to the upper floor by way of  a steep staircase.

At the rear off the atrium, the tablinum is, like the atrium, decorated in the fourth style. The floor of the tablinum is decorated in black and white mosaic with a rosette of diamond shapes around a round copper tile.


A corridor on the south side of the tablinum once led to the peristyle area at the back of the house, which consisted of a colonnade and inner court.



The elegant decoration of the ground floor is in stark contrast to that found on the upper floor which is entered at door.


Amongst the objects found during the excavation there are a mutilated statuette of Venus putting on her sandal, several fragments of wooden feet from table-legs carved in the form of a dog running, and among the comestibles, a basin full of small cakes.