A GREAT DAY IN POMPEII & ON THE AMALFI COAST - Highlights of this tour: Round trip from Rome with private car or minivan & English-speaking driver Two-hour private tours with professional guide in Pompeii Visit to Positano & Sorrento Unforgettable views along the Amalfi Coast
IMPORTANT NEWS FROM POMPEII :
FIVE NEW DOMUS REOPENED AND AN EXHIBITION
It is an entire quarter of the ancient city of Pompeii, called Regio VIII, that reopens to the public,
with its homes, shops, streets, orchards, fountains and inner gardens.
The occasion is a special exhibition labelled as “Myth and Nature, from Greece to Pompeii”, that will be on until June 15, 2016.
The vast area, 60,000 square metres, occupies the South West section of the world famous preserved town, and was inhabited by the èlites.Besides the interiors, with their frescoes and mosaics, what was also brought back to life are the gardens, surprsingly beautiful, where the wealthy Pompeians spend their time relaxing, after work and business, ‘otium’ after ‘negotium’ !
Each of the five homes officially opened on March 24th has its own jewels and many surprises. We admire in particular the house
of Julia Felix. After the earthquake in 62 AD, that brought with it economical difficulties , this wealthy and business minded lady decided
to rent to others part of her great villa, endowing it with a luxurious spa and a gym, a swimmin pool, and even with a bar and
a restaurant. Visitors are now able to see the complicated hydraulic system, really unique.
Considering that many buildings, including public baths, had been damaged by the earhtquake, and that the villa is well located near the Amphiteatre,
we easily imagine that Julia’s deluxe spa was certainly successful!
The lady kept for herself, however, the most beautiful part of the house, with independent entrance.
In the House of Octavius Quartio ( also known with the name of House of Loreius Tiburtinus), is situated along Via dell’Abbondanza,
one of the most prosperous streets of Pompeii. Many small Egyptian gods statues, such as Isis, Bes and the Sphynx, where found along
a wide T-shaped fountain, reminiscent of the Nile river, endowed with a complex water pressure system (like the Nile floods, it seems
it was possible to flood the garden artificially).
The most beautiful fresco of the house portrays the tragic love suicide of Pyramus and Thisbe.
It is now also possible to enjoy the ‘viridarium’, as to say the newly reconstructed inner garden. This cultivated and richly ornatamented space also had symbolical and religious meanings.
The laurel signified wisdom and heroic virtues, oleanders symbolized death, eternity was represented by strawberry trees.
Restored to its original splendor is also the Odeion, a smaller, covered theatre for an audience of 2,000 people, not far from the larger Amphiteatre, that will be used this summer for important concerts : Pink Floyd’s guitarist David Gilmour (45 years after the mythical
Pink Floyd concert in the empty Amphiteatre! ) on July 7th and 8th and Elton John will play here on July 12th.
The theme of the exhibition “Myth and Nature, from Greece to Pompeii”, is how nature and landscape were perceived by the Ancient
Greeks and Romans. The exhibit has two different seats: here in Pompeii, inside the Pyramid within the Amphiteatre, and at the
National Archaeological Museum in Naples, where a new green section, inspired by the Roman Garden, has been set.
Not to be missed in Naples the famous slab from the Tomb of the Diver (Paestum), were an athlet dives in the the sea (symbol of the
Ades, the Afterworld of the Ancient).
At the exhibition in Pompeii you will also see organic elements, such as fruits, bread, seeds and more, that the volcanic lava has
preserved incredibly well since that terrible day of August 79AD.
More about the exhibitions : http://www.mostramitonatura.it/en/home.html