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Herculaneum and Pompeii: what to see

 

Herculaneum and Pompeii are among the most fascinating places to see in Campania. We must be honest and admit that the historical and archaeological sites contain a lot to discover and explore.

After a careful observation, we were able to list the five buildings that, if you are close to the famous archaeological site, you absolutely must not miss.

In search of the fascinating places of Pompeii and Herculaneum

  • Pompeii: House of Menander. Among the most interesting buildings to be rediscovered, we cannot but mention the house of the famous Latin playwright's fresco. In fact, among the most interesting attractions inside, you can study the fresco. It is not a small building: it boasts 1800 square meters and it detangles between art, paintings and depictions of hunting. The theme of the house is purely thermal: we can therefore understand how the Patricians Pompeian lived. They were a life devoted to unbridled luxury and art in every form. We advise you to dwell on the paintings depicting the scenes of the Trojan War;

Timeless history, art and culture

  • Pompeii: The House of Pinarius Cerialis. One of the most fascinating houses, full of history and… gems. Well, yes: his previous owner was a carver. The house was considered a real mine, because inside there were well 116 gems. It is a place that will make you understand one of the most famous works in Pompeii, that is the realization of jewels. Today, you will be able to buy inlaid precious stones of inestimable value at the handicraft workshops;
  • Pompeii: Temple of Isis. There are few buildings that have managed to save themselves from the weather during the centuries. The importance of this temple is unparalleled: here the worship of the goddess Isis was all. In a newsstand, you think, you kept the water of the Nile. The Pompeian used you for home ceremonies. A curiosity that binds this temple to Mozart: he composed the Magic Flute after having visited it;
  • Herculaneum: House of Neptune and Anfitride. Discovering the fascinating places of Herculaneum, you come across this little gem. The wall of the building, the Oriental, will allow you to observe an ancient glassy-paste mosaic, which gives its name to the building. In the vicinity of the house, right on the border, there is also a shop: Here you will visit the ancient pieces of a bed in brass and many amphoras of the time;
  • Herculaneum: Villa dei Papyri. It is probably one of the most popular places, which is immediately flanked by Herculaneum. The Villa of the papyri was totally destroyed and buried as a result of the eruption of Vesuvius, dated in 79 A.D. Thanks to archaeologists Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierr and Karl Jacob Webere, from 1750 we can admire the remains. The Villa owes its name to what found archaeologists during the excavations. You think that inside the villa there were well 1800 papyrus: Unfortunately, some of these were lost, while others are still in translation. Many treat the philosophy of Epicurean. The building is traced between 60 and 50 B.C. It seems that the owner of the Villa of the papyri was Lucius Calpurnius Piso Cesonino, or Julius Caesar's father-in-law, but is to be confirmed.

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