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Ancient Pompeii Guided Small-Group Tour
"History comes alive! on this 2.5-hour guided walking tour of Pompeii. In 79 AD this historic city fell victim to an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the thriving metropolis was no more. To visit to these world-renowned ruins is to experience life as it once was on the shores of the Bay of Naples in the early Empire.First we will visit the Theatre to imagine comedies and tragedies that played out upon the stage. Next it’s on to the ornate Thermal Baths with their dressing rooms
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Private Half Day Tour to Pompeii
"Begin the day with a pickup from your accommodation or the cruise port at approximately 8:30am and stop to visit the ruins for roughly 2 hours. Founded in 600 B.C. a once-thriving commercial port of 20000 Pompeii grew from Greek and Etruscan roots to become an important Roman city. Then on August 24 A.D. 79 everything changed. Vesuvius erupted and began to bury the city under 30 feet of hot volcanic ash. For the archaeologists who excavated it centuries later this was a shake-and-bake windfall
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Skip-the-lines Private Tour of Pompeii Including the Theatre the Forum and all Highlights
"Reserve a private guided walking tour of Pompeii and experience one of the finest examples of early Roman life in its excavated ruins. In 79 AD nearby Mt. Vesuvius erupted with such force it buried the city beneath ash and rubble. It wasn’t until the 18th Century that this 1st Century city was again revealed. A local top-rated guide will take you on an instructive walk to the highlights of Pompeii including the Theatre where countless comedies and tragedies played out upon its stages. Next it’s the Thermal Baths earliest of health spas with everything from dressing rooms to athletic fields. Pompeii was a thriving maritime metropolis. It was a port for ships sailing the Mediterranean and its colorful culture developed around the many bars
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Plastered Human Remains at Forum Granary

beside the various artifacts unearthed around Pompeii that are displayed at the restored Forum Granary, you would also see the plastered remains of the humans and animals that perished in the famous Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD.

at the northwestern end of the Pompeii forum is a large restored building which was the site of the former Forum Granary, which was once used to store grain for sale but today it houses and stores various artifacts taken from Pompeii such as amphorae, architectural elements, plaster casts of victims. jars, vases, plates and even the plastered remains of the victims of the Mount Vesuvius Eruption of 79 AD.

Opening times
1st April – 31st October: daily from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm (admission closes at 6 pm)
Closing day: 1st May
1st November – 31st March: daily from 8.30 am to 5 pm (admission closes at 3.30 pm)
Closing days: 25 December and 1st January

admission price is 11 Euros per person or 20 Euros which includes 5 sites (Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabiae, Boscoreale) – valid for 3 consecutive days

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machomikemd
May 05, 2016

Human Remains at Casa Dei Ceii

you would see many human bones, skulls and even mummified remains all over the ruins of Pompeii and one of the areas is along Casa Dei Ceii along Viccole Dei Menandro.

the Casa Dei Ceii, located along the intersection of Vicolo Del Menandro and Vicolo Del Citarista. The Villa is owned by a certain Lucius Ceius Secundus. the villa has a simple layout of which the entrance leads to the atrium, from the atrium the other rooms open out. at the back, a corridor between the triclinium and tablinum leads to the yard. A staircase with a wall in opus craticium leads to the upper floor which was not completed due the eruption. Inside the Villa are mosaic floors have geometric shapes inserted between multi-colored marble tiles. The back wall of the garden is decorated with a hunting scene and Egyptian landscapes along the side walls

Opening times
1st April – 31st October: daily from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm (admission closes at 6 pm)
Closing day: 1st May
1st November – 31st March: daily from 8.30 am to 5 pm (admission closes at 3.30 pm)
Closing days: 25 December and 1st January

admission price is 11 Euros per person or 20 Euros which includes 5 sites (Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabiae, Boscoreale) – valid for 3 consecutive days

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machomikemd
May 04, 2016

The bodies

One of the most impressive sights were the petrified bodies in exhibiting. Reading the guide, Horacio claimed that they were original.

It would be too much violent so I told him they were scaled reproductions. He didn't insist and I relaxed. But not very sure.

True or imitation, the figures hit the goal - to remember the human dimension of the drama.

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solopes
Oct 02, 2014

Petrified mummies back

A Roman city that was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Located half an hour train from Naples. Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy. Within a few hours the city was (just as the towns of Herculaneum and Stabiae) gauge buried under thick layers of ash. In 1599 the city was rediscovered. It took about 150 years before Pompeii was excavated.

Some residents were recovered as petrified mummies. Incidentally, in Pompeii, you see only a few of those famous petrified mummies back. Most mummies are used for research or be seen in foreign exhibitions. A lightning visit to Pompeii takes at least 1 hour. Others pull it out one day. Pompeii is in fact enormous. In what is now ruins are, once lived 20,000. It is very impressive to walk around. Hire a guide in particular, because that someone always points you to separate things that you do not stand out and tells wonderful stories in everything you see.

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Sep 23, 2014
 
 
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Plaster casts of bodies of victims of the eruption

In the three terrible days of August 79 AD, when Vesuvius underwent the most destructive period of its activity - three major coastal communities in Campania, namely, Herculaneum, Pompeii and Stabia WERE WIPED OUT, each in different ways derived from their different locations with respect to the volcano.

Pompeii was covered by a layer "only" 6 meters deep consisting of ash and cinder, considerably less difficult to remove.

Situated on the western slopes of Vesuvius, Herculaneum was hit by a flow of boiling mud, perceded by burning cloud at a temperature of about 400 Celsius degrees. As the mud solidified, over the centuries it formed a tuffaceous mass between 16 to 25 meters thick, creating a situation completely different from that of Pompeii.

The town of Stabia, unlike the other two, was completely destroyed by Silla during the occupation 10 years later, and rebuilt only partially

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May 28, 2011

Storage facilities

Plaster casts...
Suffocated by volcanic gasses and covered in ash and debris, their bodies eventually decayed inside the hardening matter. This air space essentially formed a mold, since the ash that had surrounded the person retained an imprint of the body. Excavators realized this and filled the air pockets with plaster. The resulting "plaster mummies" poignantly capture the human tragedy of Pompeii.

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Apr 04, 2011

Dug up

In the area on the west side of Pompeii, near the cafeteria is an area where they have laced stacks of jars, vases and other implements from the time of Pompeii. There are several plaster replicas of people who died and were covered by the ash. When Pompeii was rediscovered they found holes in the ash where people had died and their bodies were decayed. The scientists would blow plaster into the holes and let it dry overnight. Then they would removed the ash around the holes to discover these "human" statues.
If you look closely you can see the fabric lines on his stockings, and on some of them you can see belts and jewelry.
There is a dog statue which has an interesting dog collar.

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painterdave
Jan 11, 2011

Victims of Vesuvius

In 79AD, Vesuvius erupted, destroying the cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii.

The pyroclastic blast from the eruption incinerated the inhabitants of Herculaneum. In Pompeii, although the 2000 inhabitants who did not escape the city were killed, the eruption preserved as well as destroyed.

The ash cases contained skeletons and were kept intact. It is possible to pour plaster into the hollow, which then sets about the skeleton to reveal an exact cast of the body at the moment of death.

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Nov 09, 2010
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"The wonderful Roman town of Pompei"
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"The Dead City"
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Victims

The ash that buried Pompeii also doomed the human inhabitants. The ash and burning cinders adhered to all life, encapsulating them for all time. Over the millennium, their internal organs and soft tissue had long vanished, leaving only the outlines and bones of their bodies.
In 1863, a process was developed and used to create casts of the remains, after removing the outer layer of pumice. What you have are the perfectly preserved remnants of the inhabitants of this once theiving city. You can even see their horror and agony in their death throes.

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May 04, 2009

Orto dei Fuggiaschi

The Orto dei Fuggiaschi (in English, Garden of the Fugitive) is a big garden cultivated as a vineyard. Here you can see the plaster casts of some of the victims of the eruption of Vesuvius while they were seeking an escape.

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Apr 25, 2009

Human Remains in Pompeii

Hundreds of casts of human and animal bodies survive in Pompeii. The way they were preserved is unique and gives an insight into the life and death of the city.
Although the flesh decayed the skeletons of the victims remained trapped within the preserving layer of volcanic debris. This sarcophagus of ash also maintained an imprint of each body as it was at the time of death.

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mallyak
Aug 25, 2008

The Bodies of Pompeii

This sobering scene of bodies frozen in time and ash is both a reminder of those catastrophic events of 79 AD and at the same time inspires wonder at the preservation of the bodies. This is located by the entrance to Pompeii nearest to the Colisseum.

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Mar 15, 2008

Things to Do Near Human Remains

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Grand Theater

I was somewhat disappointed with the visit of the great theatre: All Pompeii references mention the good condition of the remains found during the site's recuperation. Having seen many Roman and Greek...
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Villa dei Misteri

part two of my Pompeii Forum tips along Via Dei Misteri. Roman Forums where the center of any roman town or city and is where many of the political, judicial and religious establishments are in any...
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Casa degli Amorini Dorati

The Casa degli Amorini Dorati (house of the golden cupids) owes the name to the golden cupids that adorned the rooms (Now in the Museum of Naples). The house was owned by gens Pompea allied with...
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Casa del Fauno

The largest house in Pompeii in the history, and derives its name from the statue of a Faun, the watershed provides Tuscan atrium The House of the Faun covers an area of 3,000 square meters, and is...
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Casa Del Poeta Tragico

The House of the Tragic Poet shows a typical layout of a Pompeiian house. The house is famous for its elaborate mosaics and frescos depicting scenes from mythology. There are fresco's of Zeus and Hera...
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Day trip to Herculaneum - Ercolano

Not as big and not quite as many touristits as in Pompeii, but a lot to see there as well. To get there take the Circumvesuviana until Ercolano Scavi station, quite fequent, 30 minutes and € 1.60 from...
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Getting to Human Remains

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Via Villa dei Misteri, 2, Pompei, Naples, Italy

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