was one of the largest and most shining cities founded during the Roman period, as you can see, the ruins are everywhere. Thanks to its strong production and export of oil and wine, Pompei has become a very rich city and a tourist destination for Roman patricians. You never know what Pompei should have been like. In '79 AD, Vesuvius, which nobody knew was a volcano because it looked like a normal mountain, devastated the town with a violent eruption. The archeological site of Pompei is a chilling testament to the city's lifestyle at the time, as it appears deeply asleep under the volcanic dust. Each year, the city draws millions of visitors to the location of the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary, a basilica that collects thousands of ex-votos. It has been venerated by Catholics all over the world. During the days of prayer to the Virgin Mary (8 May and the first Sunday of October), the city is host to around six million pilgrims who enter Pompei by private vehicles and busses. Pompei hides other beauties that deserve to be seen between the excavations and the Sanctuary.
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Below, we’re going to tell you the 10 things to see in Pompei without skipping anything about its millenary past:
1. The Shrine
The Shrine of the Creation of Pompei is a sight that included thousands of believers. The project was supported by Bartolo Longo as a fundraiser for the building of the Basilica, which was constructed thanks to contributions collected from all over the world. On May 8, 1876, construction began under the direction of Antonio Cua, who provided his work free of charge to begin the construction of the Sanctuary. Throughout the years, the sanctuary needed to be expanded because the original building could no longer accommodate the many christians who had come to worship the image of the Virgin. Today, the Basilica looks like it was built by the architect, Monsignor Spirito Maria Chiapetta, with three naves. The two smaller naves have three altars on each side and are connected behind the apse, where there are four semi-circular chapels. Throughout May 8 and the first Sunday, the days of devotion to the Virgin Mary of Pompeii, the Basilica can not hold pilgrims coming from all over the world to attend. This essential prayer is broadcast on radio and television all over the world.
2. The Brothel
Ancient lupan (brothel) is a tiny house with stone beds and scenes of activities that customers would pay for. It's basically ancient porn, but it's not clear if the frescoes served a functional function or were simply painted. Unsurprisingly, this is one of the most visited houses in all of Pompei.
3. The Forum
The most populated location in Pompei, the forum is situated right next to the main gate. It was the key focus of Pompei’s life, the cultural and civic core of the city. Every major religious or commercial event should have taken place here; it was basically the main square and the center of the city. Rent a bus with driver and enjoy your ride to this historical landmark.
4. The Stabian Baths
Another preserved room one of the oldest ones in Pompei. This also has a much wider space and has a lot less people. Below, too, you will see some preserved corpses that are disturbing. The bathroom also had a gym and a fitness area and a big, almost Olympic-sized swimming pool. Our bus company will be wise travel partner while you enjoy your trip to the Baths.
5. House of the Faun
It is the largest house in Pompei, and it's named after the statue in the front courtyard. Built in the 2nd century B.C., there is a wide courtyard in the back, where you can also find a very detailed mosaic of a battle scene. It's one of the most complete remaining examples of a wealthy and luxurious private residence of the time — even better preserved than several places in Rome itself!
6. The Amphitheater
This massive amphitheater is where the ancient games that fascinated them were played. It's a peaceful place to walk around, and because of its location at the far end of Pompei, you'll see very few people there, particularly in the early morning or late afternoon hours. Completed in 70 BCE, it is probably the oldest remaining Roman amphitheater in existence.
7. Cave Canem Mosaic
Maybe you've seen it at the entrance to some villas in Italy or around the world? The Cave Canem is one of the most famous mosaics in the world, and it's right here, in the House of the Tragic Poet. It was recently restored in order to bring back its ancient splendor, after years of neglect, with a device that protects it from rain and wind, but does not prevent the view. The House of the Tragic Poet is a traditional house with an atrium and takes its name from a mosaic in the National Archeological Museum of Naples. E. Bulwer – Lytton used this building, which had just been dug (1824-1825), as a model to depict the residence of Glaukos in his novel The Last Days of Pompei (1834).
8. The Garden of fugitives of Pompei
It is the most tragic testimony of the end of Pompei, undoubtedly, of the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. During the 1961-62 and 1973-74 excavations, the remains of 13 victims of the eruption were discovered, stunned by lava and lapillus as they fled to Porta Nocera. People, women, and babies, of one or more family groups, were asphyxiated by gasses and then gradually covered with ashes. The ones you see today in the Garden of the fugitives are perfect reproductions of plaster, which allow us to understand the last moments of the life of these inhabitants of Pompei.
9. House of the Small Fountain
A lovely house with a wide back room wonderful frescoes and a lovely fountain of mosaics. Almost all the rooms lead to the central atrium, and you can see that the house was owned by someone who may have been a little wealthy. The sloping roof was used to capture rainwater, which was also used in the fountain, a brilliant example of creativity at the time.
10. The Villa of the Mysteries
The Villa of the Mysteries, in Pompei, is an ancient Roman building, located just outside the city and the archeological site. It is not possible to check the owner of this great house, even in this case, but some ruins indicate that the owners may have been some wealthy Roman patrician. Some people claim that the villa belonged to Livia, the wife of Emperor Augustus, because a statue was found in the ruins that depicted her. The Villa of the Mysteries takes its name from a collection of paintings found in the room of the building, which some experts are still trying to identify.
Where to stay in Pompei?
In Pompeii, you can find restaurants, agriturism, and room rentals for all budgets, as the city is well designed to handle massive visitors. The key hotels are situated in the city centre, along Via Lepanto, Via Roma and Via Piave. The hotels are situated a short distance from the archeological site, very close to the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary and the Circumvesuvian station. The cheapest B&Bs are a little far from the main attraction centers, but for those who don't want to give up on the luxury of being one step away from the ancient ruins, you can also find some B&Bs in the middle.
How to get to Pompei?
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