Archaeologists have uncovered a trunk at Pompeii containing a vast variety of fascinating objects that may have been part of a ‘sorcerer’s treasure trove’.
The ancient city of Pompeii is one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions drawing nearly three and a half million visitors a year.
Herculaneum is less well-known than Pompeii but in many ways it offers a more complete visitor experience. One hot summer day in 79 AD, 300 terrified citizens of the seaside town of Herculaneum fled to the harbour in a desperate attempt to escape from the advancing cloud of deadly pyroclastic dust erupting from the nearby volcano, Vesuvius. Families huddled together inside the row of cave-like warehouses carved out of the seafront wall, clutching their children and their valuables, waiting for the imperial Roman fleet to come and rescue them. Unfortunately, they waited in vain.
A guard at the Pompeii ruins says Caprice Arnold chiseled off some ancient mosaic tiles and put them in her purse. Arnold says it’s a “misunderstanding.”
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii with a skip-the-line ticket and take advantage of an included audio-guide service.
Pompeii is one of the most important archaeological sites and tourist attractions in Italy, and today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its preservation and the “complete and vivid picture of society and daily life at a specific moment in the past that is without parallel anywhere in the world.” If you are planning a day trip to Pompeii from Sorrento or Naples, read on for what you need to know including opening times, ticket prices, what to see, how to get to Vesuvius from Pompeii and so on!
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The volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient Roman city of Pompeii probably took place two months later than previously thought, Italian officials said on Tuesday. Historians have traditionally dated the disaster to Aug. 24 79 AD, but excavations on the vast site in southern Italy have unearthed…
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii with a skip-the-line ticket.
First instance of recreating horse remains at site
When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, showering Pompeii with hot rock, volcanic ash and noxious gas, it buried the residents of the ancient city forever, preserving their remains in the ash.
But they weren’t the only ones preserved. Their animals were, too.
One of those animals was found recently in a remarkable discovery at the UNESCO World Heritage site near Naples, Italy. The remains of an ancient horse was found in a section of a well-preserved villa, on a large, walled tract of land north of Pompeii that was used for farming.
A ‘thrilling’ discovery
Massimo Osanna, director general of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, described the discovery as one of the most interesting in the history of the park and the first instance of archaeologists being able to reconstruct horse remains there, through a special plaster casting technique used at dig sites. As such, he said, the news was “thrilling” for the archaeologists who work at the ruins.
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Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.
Mt Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 19, 2018 – March 31, 2019.During these months, your volcano hike is replaced with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.
Meet your guide at Piazza del Popolo and then hop aboard your luxury, air-conditioned coach for your journey south to Italy’s Campania region. As you travel, your guide will keep you entertained with tales about the region, and of its brooding nemesis — the famous and fearsome Mount Vesuvius. As Europe’s best-known active volcano, Vesuvius gained notoriety for the destruction of the ancient towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD 79.
A fascinating new project will see contemporary artworks installed among the ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, creating two art venues in stunning, historically resonant settings.
Over the next year, two Roman houses – the House of the Beautiful Courtyard at Herculaneum and the House of the Cryptoporticus in Pompeii – will, quite literally, form the backdrop to a venture that aims to create a new dialogue between contemporary art, Roman wall painting and archaeological remains.
The driving force behind Expanded Interiors is Catrin Huber, a visual artist and senior lecturer in Newcastle University’s Fine Art Department. Huber has assembled a team of experts in archaeology and digital technology (Professor Ian Haynes, Dr Thea Ravasi, Alex Turner), and contemporary art (Rosie Morris) from across the University, in order to explore the relevance of Roman wall painting and artefacts for today’s fine art practice, and to test how artists can respond to the histories and complex nature of these archaeological sites within a contemporary context.
The project combines archaeological investigation, 3D digital scanning and printing to further explore and understand the houses.
Read more from source: Expanded Interiors at Herculaneum and Pompeii
Psychedelic rockers’ performance at the preserved Roman city recalled in showcase of photos and memorabilia – and music
Bouncing off the ancient walls of Pompeii’s amphitheatre, Pink Floyd’s synthesised sonics are as much of a surprise to my fellow tourists as the first deep growl from Mount Vesuvius perhaps was to the city’s inhabitants some 1,900 years ago.
A fan on a bucket-list pilgrimage to the Unesco World Heritage Site, I was well aware of the “Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii Underground” exhibition here, and am pleased to discover the little-known showcase of the band’s iconic 1971 gig comes with audio.
Along the passageways under the amphitheatre’s tiered seating are hung 250 never-before-seen photos and other memorabilia of the band performing in the empty stadium, observed only by the small film crew and French director Adrian Maben, who conceived “rock’s wackiest idea, ever” half a century ago, and who curated the current exhibit.
You might have guessed by now, my love for Italy is deep, real and very, very meaningful.
You’ll have probably also have guessed by now that I just can’t stop speaking about Italy and to be honest, I can’t make any apologies for it! How could I when we there so much delicious gelato, beautiful scenery, stunning towns, a long (and fascinating) history and culture that is so diverse.
Anyway, before I waffle into a sonnet about my love of Italy, I wanted to share some of my very top spots that you should consider visiting on your next trip.
Today, the Pompeii excavations are an important tourist attraction in Italy.
In 79 A.D., Pliny the Elder was working on his 37-volume Natural History, which covered all areas of ancient knowledge, but unfortunately did not include geology. That is why the frequent earth tremors felt around the region of Campania in Italy “were not particularly alarming”. Even the most learned natural scientist of Rome had not connected seismic activity with volcanic eruptions. Pliny was commanding the imperial fleet of Rome on the Bay of Naples when Vesuvius erupted and himself perished while trying to rescue others in the nearby town of Stabiae.
The cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were closer to Mount Vesuvius, bore the brunt of the volcano’s fury.
Brussels – Pompeii is a jewel of Europe’s cultural heritage. A fact that has led the European Commission to invest nearly 50 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund to finance preservation and restoration works of the iconic Italian archaeological site. The Commission issued a note explaining that upon completion of the restoration works co-financed by the EU Cohesion Policy, visitors to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, which is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site, are expected to increase by 200,000 units per year.
Regional Policy Commissioner, Corina Cretu, who visited the project in February last, underlined that: “In Pompeii we restore and preserve works of art from the past, but we are really doing it for our future; so our grandchildren can enjoy this unique site, part of our common history and cultural identity.”
BRUSSELS, April 12 (Xinhua) — The European Commission on Wednesday allocated nearly 50 million euros (53 million U.S. dollars) for the renovation and preservation works on the Ancient Roman city of Pompeii.
This investment package, which will be allocated from the European Regional Development Fund, will finance the consolidation of the structures and ancient buildings of this city, the construction of a water canalisation and drainage system, other restoration and enhancement works and training for the staff, said the commission.
Once the restoration works completes, Pompeii is expected to welcome almost 200,000 additional tourists per year, the commission estimated.
Pompeii has been classified as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. This ancient city has been under excavation and the excavated site has deteriorated over time.
Rome Ancient Roman cobbled streets and wheelchairs do not normally mix, but Italy’s culture ministry has unveiled new paved passageways to make the world-famous Pompeii archaeological ruins disabled friendly.
“As of today all tourists, even with reduced mobility, partially sighted or simply those who have a baby pram to push, can enter and easily walk through the streets of ancient Pompeii and visit its most beautiful houses,” Pompeii director Luigi Curatoli said.
The scheme, part of a €105 million (NZ$156 million) restoration funded by the European Union that also addressed chronic conservation problems at the UNESCO World Heritage site, was unveiled on the eve of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
After the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, Pompeii is Italy’s most popular tourist site – attracting almost three million visitors last year.