POMPEII AND HERCULANEUM
Pompeii and Herculaneum, the two Roman towns buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. are perhaps the two most famous archaeological sites in the world. And they are, perhaps, also among the most important. Where else can you find a perfectly preserved Roman city that you can stroll around, breathing in history?
As you walk through Pompeii, you can visit the Forum, the old city centre, the temple dedicated to Zeus Capitoline and the Temple of Apollo.
Walking along the Via dell’Abbondanza you will come across a number of shops from the period: washhouses, textile shops, barbers. At one junction, you will find the Lupanare, a brothel which is full of erotic paintings.
One thing you must see is the Villa Dei Misteri: in this building, you will find the famous “red room” a large hall, the walls of which are decorated with an affresco on a red background, depicting the sacred initiation of a youth to the cult of Dionysus.
Both Pompeii and Herculaneum can be reached easily using the local Circumvesuviana train service.
The opening times for the Pompeii excavations are:
From November 1st to March 31st every day from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (entrance closes at 3.30 p.m.)
From 1st April to 31st October the excavations are open every day from 8.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. (entrance closes at 6.00 p.m.)
The staff at Le Ancore hotel will be happy to give you further information to help you organze your visit to the excavations of Pompeii.
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