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Porta di Nola – 1960 In the past this door was called Urbulana, “the Door of the City“. Its most ancient phase dates back to the 4th century BC, while the one we see now is the Door of the end of the 2nd century BC rebuilt by Vibio Popidio. In this occasion Minerva’s head was painted on […]

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​The Great Portal On the lower decuman of Herculaneum we can admire an house with an original portal. The front consists of an architrave, a cornice and two half-columns made of bricks. These are surmounted by two re-used Hellenistic capitals of tufa with winged Victories carrying torches. The house, for the presence of this particular entrance, is […]

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Satyr with Dionysus child This statue from the Farnese collection, dated 2nd century AD, is the marble copy of a original Greek bronze.  It represents a satyr with pointed ears who has on his shoulders a  small Dionysus whose head is crowned with vines, and in his right hand he has a large bunch of grapes. BOOK NOW […]

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Castricio’s street This route crosses, in a straight line, Regiones I and II in the south-eastern part of the city. It starts from the intersection with the street called Vicolo di Paquio Proculo to reach the large square of the Amphitheater. Here you will see the entrances of many shops but also those of important […]

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Pompeian Paintings- Little Birds

Little birds. In the house known as “the Prince of Naples“ in the center of the room walls can be observed a series of painted animals, small squares of still lives, or pretty little birds. Two birds are very richly pictured while pecking at the cherries in a red frame on the north wall of […]

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The gladiators’ world.

The building where the gladiators performed in Pompeii, called the Amphitheater, had the podium decorated by a series of scenes. One of these represents the dressing of two gladiators. The gladiator on the left is playing a bronze trumpet; the other one on the right has a shield. In the middle there is the judge […]

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The House of the Centenary

LOVE IN POMPEI House of the Centenary The erotic paintings of the ancient Vesuvian city are among the most original finds of Roman civilization. The House of the Centenary (IX, 8, 6) has a particular small room: a wonderfully frescoed cubiculum with erotic pictures in the middle of the walls. Like, for example, the one […]

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The House of the Red Walls

LIVING IN POMPEI House of the Red Walls (VIII 5, 37) Excavated in 1832, this small house has two rooms with the famous “Pompeian red” which gives its name to the house. The paintings of IV style were probably made by different painters belonging to the same workshop. In particular, the pictures with mythological subject […]

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Spiral columns

Stabian “OTIA” Spiral columns The upper peristyle of Villa San Marco in Stabiae was annexed to the villa in the last years before the eruption. The originality of the portico was due, in addition to splendid mythological paintings, to the presence of stuccoed columns in the lower area and fluted with a spiral pattern in […]

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Colored glass

LET’S GO TO THE MUSEUM Colored glasses In the glass collection of the Archaeological Museum of Naples can be observed small cups and bowls made with the technique of “ribbon mosaic”. They were produced starting from the Augustan age and were obtained by joining sticks of different colors to form a disc that was heated […]

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