The most of Russians know about Pompeii since childhood because of the famous The Last Day of Pompeii - a large canvas painted by Russian artist Karl Briullov in 1830-33.
It is located in the Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg.
Every time when I visited this Museum in Soviet times I admired this masterpiece and couldn't even dream that I would ever see Pompeii with my own eyes.
Briullov visited the site of Pompeii in 1828, making numerous sketches depicting the AD 79 Vesuvius eruption. The completed canvas was exhibited in Rome to rapturous reviews of critics and thereafter transported to Paris to be displayed in the Louvre. The first Russian artwork to cause such an interest abroad, it gave birth to an anthologic poem by Alexander Pushkin, and inspired the hugely successful novel The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, who saw it in Rome. Another British author, Sir Walter Scott declared that it was not an ordinary painting but an epic in colors.
The Russian Museum is the first state museum of Russian fine arts in the country. It was established in 1895 in St Petersburg by a decree of the Emperor Nicholas II. Its grand opening for visitors occurred on March 1898.
The Russian Museum today is a unique depository of artistic treasures, a famous restoration centre, an authoritative institute of academic research, one of the major cultural and educational centers in Russia, and a research and instructional centre of art museums of the Russian Federation, overseeing activities of 260 art museums in Russia.
2 Griboyedov Canal
The museum is open daily, except Tuesdays,
from 10 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.,
on Mondays and the days before holidays
from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
I (and you) may refresh our memory about Pompeii even without leaving Moscow. We should go to the Main Building of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and see a galvanic copy of Helmet and Greave of Gladiator that was founded in Pompeii.
Every time I visited this museum since my childhood I admired by these masterpieces… Never knew that I would be able to watch them in Pompeii…
12 Volkhonka St., Moscow
(tel.: +7 495 609-95-20, +7 495 697-95-78, +7 495 697-74-12),
Metro station: "Kropotkinskaya".
Ticket price for foreign visitors 400 rubles (10 euro) for adults,
200 rubles for schoolchildren, students and pensioners.
Attention! Ticket prices for exhibitions might differ from those for permanent collections.
Visitors are offered audio guides in Russian, English, German, French and Italian.
Many exciting tours are on offer!
Open daily from 10 am to 7 pm
Thursdays from 10 am to 9 pm
This seems a pretty new project, but one which is worthwhile.
Tucked away near the theatres (and signed) you will find a botanical garden. The flowers, shrubs and trees within are those which would have been grown in and around Pompeii, or used for medicines/cooking etc.
It is a bit sparse and haphazard at the moment (like all new-ish gardens) but is a worthwhile project.
Plants are labelled in English as well as Italian, with their usage as well as their names.
It is well worth seeking out, and will be even more so as it matures.
There's an experiment in growing vines as the Romans did going on in Pompeii.
I spotted the vineyard through a locked gate oppofiste the amphitheatre. I'm not sure if you can actually get inside.
This type of experimental archaeology tells us so much about how life was lived in the past. It's nice to see it going on in Pompeii.
There is a website link to the vintners.....www.maestrobernardino.com
On the crossroads between Via Stabiana and Via dell'Abbondanza you can see the Quadrivio di Olconio (Olconio's crossroads): it is covered with marmoreal plates on which there was the statue of Marco Alcunio Rufo that you can see to the museum of Naples nowadays.
Salerno is a town somewhat famous for the Allied landings of 9 September 1943, codenamed Operation Avalanche. Salerno was originally a Roman colony with roots dating back to 194AD. Throughout its history, the city was controlled by the Greeks, Byzantines, Normans, and others.
Today, the town offers much culture in the form of music and art.
Salerno is a quick side trip from Pompeii or Naples, just 30 km, plus a few Euro in tolls along the A3/E45.
When you go visit Pompei, first take a good look at the city map. You clearly see that all the streets of the city are straight. Except a couple of streets. In one of them you can see the Lupanar, the brothel. The street here isn´t straight, so that the people in the mainstreet couldn´t see the clients come in here. They sometimes call the profession the oldest in the world. In Pompei this is clearly confirmed.
Not everything in Pompei dates from ancient times. These vineyards were planted recently and the first harvest was in 1999. To add a touch of authenticity, the grape varieties and training methods used are those thought to have been used in ancient times.
Some areas of Pompei are frustatingly not open to the public - but there are places where you can peep through a gap or a fence.
This garden was such a find and what a delightful place it looked. Must be wonderful to be able to enjoy such a beautiful green area.
service when we arrived by bus in Citta Mariana. I very quietly went in and had a look while the congregation was singing...........beautiful church, well worth the look.
Vicolo dei Vettii is a small street in front of the homonym Vetti's house. Along the street you can see a couple of inns and houses.
Most of the really good artifacts don't reside at Pompei. A trip to the museum is well worth your time and effort. The best, and most famous, mosaics reside there.
We intended to stay 2 nites.... we ended up finishing our month in Italy here, a little over a week....more
stayed in pompei 1 night but well worth it. get off at the cicrcumsision station pompei and turn...more
The four of us, grandparents, daughter and grandson, had a very good stay here. The accommodation...more