Dating from the 2nd century BC, the macellum was the city's main produce market. Note the 12 bases at the centre of the market, which were once stands for the timber poles that supported the market's conical roof. Surviving frescoes reveal some of the goods for sale, including prawns.

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1. Tempio di Giove

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Built in the 2nd-century BC in honour of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, the Tempio di Giove was a nexus of religious activity. Its surviving elements include…

2. Foro

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A huge rectangle flanked by limestone columns, the foro was ancient Pompeii's main piazza, as well as the site of gladiatorial games before the Anfiteatro…

3. Granai del Foro

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The Granai del Foro is now used to store hundreds of amphorae and a number of body casts that were made in the late 19th century by pouring plaster into…

4. Casa del Poeta Tragico

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The 1st-century AD Casa del Poeta Tragico features the world's first-known 'beware of the dog' – cave canem – warnings. Visible through a protective glass…

5. Tempio di Apollo

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The oldest and most important of Pompeii's religious buildings, the Tempio di Apollo largely dates from the 2nd century BC, including the striking…

6. Casa del Fauno

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Covering an entire insula (city block) and claiming two atria at its front end (humbler homes had one), Pompeii's largest private house is named after the…

7. Basilica

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The basilica was the 2nd-century-BC seat of Pompeii's law courts and exchange. The semicircular apses would later influence the design of early Christian…

8. Lupanare


The explicit frescoes at this ancient brothel provided visual 'inspiration' for clients. Once ready, visitors would indulge in one of the five rooms on…