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Ruins of Pompeii

The ghostly ruins of ancient Pompeii (Pompei in Italian) make for one of the world's most engrossing archaeological experiences. Much of the site's value lies in the fact that the town wasn't simply blown away by Ve…
Archaeological Site in Pompeii

Casa del Fauno

Covering an entire insula (city block) and boasting two atria at its front end (humbler homes had one), Pompeii's largest private house is named after the delicate bronze statue in the impluvium (rain tank). It was …
Archaeological Site in Pompeii

Casa della Venere in Conchiglia

Casa della Venere in Conchiglia harbours a lovely peristyle looking onto a small, manicured garden. It's here in the garden that you'll find the striking Venus fresco after which the house is named.
Archaeological Site in Pompeii

Grande Palestra

Lithe ancients kept fit at the Grande Palestra, an athletics field with an impressive portico dating to the Augustan period. At its centre, and closed off to public access, lie the remains of a swimming pool.
Archaeological Site in Pompeii


A huge grassy rectangle flanked by limestone columns, the foro was ancient Pompeii's main piazza, as well as the site of gladiatoral battles before the Anfiteatro was constructed. The buildings surrounding the forum…
Archaeological Site in Pompeii

Casa dei Vettii

The Casa dei Vettii is home to a famous depiction of Priapus with his gigantic phallus balanced on a pair of scales…much to the anxiety of many a male observer.
Archaeological Site in Pompeii

Tempio di Iside

The pre-Roman Tempio di Iside was a popular place of cult worship.
Archaeological Site in Pompeii

Granai del Foro

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 the hollows left by disintegrated bodies. Among these casts is…
Archaeological Site in Pompeii


Ancient Pompeii's only dedicated brothel, Lupanare is a tiny two-storey building with five rooms on each floor. Its collection of raunchy frescoes was a menu of sorts for clients. The walls in the rooms are carved w…
Archaeological Site in Pompeii


Gladiatorial battles thrilled up to 20,000 spectators at the grassy anfiteatro. Built in 70 BC, it's the oldest known Roman amphitheatre in existence.