Thursday, 30 September 2010

Incontri dell'AIAC - Restauro e conservazione: i casi di Ercolano e Ostia


            L’associazione AIAC, fondata nel 1945, ha lo scopo di costituire un centro di vera e pratica collaborazione internazionale per tutti gli studiosi di archeologia classica. Tra le sue attività ricordiamo l’organizzazione di un convegno quinquennale di Archeologia Classica, la gestione di un sito web che include l’utilissima agenda archeologica, la pubblicazione di AIACNews e la recente creazione di una versione on line dei Fasti Archeologici (, non più pubblicati in forma cartacea.

            Dal 2000, inoltre, si organizzano a Roma incontri mensili nei vari Istituti nazionali di archeologia per permettere a giovani studiosi (dottorandi, borsisti ecc.), che stanno svolgendo una ricerca in Italia, di presentare il loro lavoro e di incontrarsi. Le conferenze vengono preferibilmente effettuate in italiano, ma anche le altre lingue sono accettate.

Lunedì 11 Ottobre 2010, ore 17.00

Restauro e conservazione: i casi di Ercolano e Ostia

(moderatrice: Mirella Serlorenzi – Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma)

Istituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte

Piazza S. Marco, 49, II piano

- Maria Rita Acetoso (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Il restauro archeologico fra gli anni ’20 e gli anni ’50: Ercolano e gli interventi condotti da Amedeo Maiuri.

- Enrico Rinaldi (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Restauro e conservazione ad Ostia nella prima metà del Novecento.

Piazza San Marco, 49
00186 Roma
Tel. (39-6) 6798798

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Tapping the Web

As we know the web can be a great place to find information, of course the content can often be inaccurate, biased and plain wrong. Inspired by Jo's "Memory Lane" post and the truly awful "Ghosts of Pompei" (nothing so far, all the "locals" I have asked don't know anything about any hauntings, perhaps I should buy a "bomba" from outside the scavi and stick it on the altar at Isis) I dug this up from YouTube.

In Search Of... Pompeii
Part 1
Part 2
I was amused for ... moments.

Book: Una camicia rossa a Pompei

New book published by L'Erma di Bretschneider on Pompeii, although they so far haven't managed to offer a description of the content. "Una camicia rossa a Pompei" is by local journalist Carlo Avvisati, and we can only presume from the title that it refers to Garibaldi and his volunteers.

Anno di pubblicazione: 2010
ISBN: 978-88-8265-579-2
Rilegatura: rilegato
N. di pagine: 146 pp., 100 Ill. B/N, 40 Ill. Col.
Formato: 21,5 x 24 cm
Prezzo: € 45,00
Codice: 00012539

iPads at Pompeii

Check out the PARP:PS project website for an overview of how iPads were used at Pompeii this summer.

Exhibition: Pompeii. Life in a Roman Town

The 'A Day in Pompeii' exhibition has now finished in Perth, and will be moving to the National Museum of Singapore where it will be entitled 'Pompeii. Life in a Roman Town'. The exhibition will open on 16th October. See the website for information about the exhibition and special events related to it.

Herculaneum Conservation and Development workshop



Academic Initiatives Abroad Inc.
AIA Rome Center
Piazza delle Cinque Scole, 23
Rome 00186 Italy

Wednesday Sept 29
Thursday Sept 30

AIA Rome Center invites the public to attend the Inaugural Conference of the Fall 2010 Herculaneum Conservation and Development Workshop. The workshop is hosted by Academic Initiatives Abroad Inc. Rome Center and the Centro Herculaneum. This workshop represents the 2nd AIA student effort in an ongoing community and urban development project in the town of Ercolano and the Herculaneum Archeological Park. Last spring's work is currently on display in the Herculaneum Archeological Park.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact: Scott Schlimgen at

Herculaneum Conservation and Development Workshop Conference


Wed 14:30
Scott Schlimgen
Director of the AIA Rome Center
Introduction of Project to AIA Students
Wed 15:00
Christian Biggi
Manager, Centro Herculaneum
“Herculaneum Conservation and Progress”

Wed 15:30
Dr. Christopher Smith
Director, British School at Rome
“Herculaneum Past and Future”

Wed 16:00
Break and Dialog

Wed 16:30
Alessandro Cece Ph.D with Francesco Mancini
Eisenman Architects, NYC
"Peter Eisenman's New Train Station at Pompeii - Architecture and Planning"

Wed 17:00
Prof. Arch. Francesco Scoppola
Direttore Regionale della Soprintendenza ai Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici dell'Umbria
"Le aree archeologiche a sostegno della città contemporanea."


Thursday 14:30
Cinzia Abbate
Architect / Design Professor AIA Rome Center
"Ideal Planning at San Leucio, Campania'

Thursday 15:00
David Lane
Author / Correspondent for Economist Magazine
"Politics, Economy and Organized Crime in Italy's South"

Thurs 16:00
Break and Dialog

Thursday 16:30
Bruce Silverberg
Architect and Planner - Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California
"Societal Impact Matrix™"
Thursday 17:30
Antonio Varone
Director Pompeii Archeological Excavations
"Approach to Excavations at Pompeii"

End of conference

The field-study workshop will begin on Oct. 5 at the Centro Herculaneum and the Herculaneum Archeological Park in Ercolano, Italy.

Collapse in the House of Julius Polybius

Another damning story in the Corriere del Mezzogiorno about a collapse in the House of Julius Polybius (although they don't seem to know that a new Superintendent has been appointed!). The Uil (can any explain to me what organisation this is) are responsible for the majority of stories criticising the authorities at the Soprintendenza. There's clearly a political agenda here. Is anyone out in Pompeii at the moment able to check on the damage in this house?

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

New Superintendent

I've just been told that the new Superintendent of Naples and Pompeii will be Dr. Jeannette Papadopoulos, previously at the Ministry of Cultural Properties. More information as and when I get it ...

Archaeological remains near the Salvator Rosa metro station

Naples is full of wonderful surprises and having recently found a small archaeological site not far from my home, I thought I’d share it given that I can’t find it in any of my guide books.
Works for the Salvator Rosa metro station (which opened in 2001) came across the remains of a Roman viaduct which had been incorporated into a later eighteenth-century building. What you can actually see in the small park outside the station are the remains of seven arches of the viaduct (of which only one has an intact vault) that led up the steep slope to connect to the Vomero hill. The viaduct carried one of the only two roads connecting Neapolis to the Campi Phlegraei area, the road led from San Domenico Maggiore and was known both as the Via Antiniana (or sometimes as Via Puteolis-Neapolim per collis). The modern building seems to have been made up of various spaces including stalls built around a central courtyard, in this phase troughs with niches above them were built into the Roman masonry and can still be seen.

Exhibition dates extended for "Napoli: la città e il mare"

It might be worth knowing (as it doesn't seem to be advertised anywhere) that the current temporary exhibition at the Naples Archaeological Museum on "Napoli: la città e il mare" did not close on 20 September but has been extended until November. I took the opportunity of free entry on the European Cultural Days to finally go and have a look.

The exhibition is intended to complement and update the permanent exhibition of results from ongoing work on Naples' metro network (if you want to see the permanent exhibition you need to enter the museum from the "Museo" metro station - free entry). The new display is based on recent discoveries at Piazza Bovio (the new "Università" station), compared to 1800s finds at the Fondamento Marramarra.

The exhibition has been installed in the main entrance hall of the museum which is a huge shame because it has meant the removal of lots of the amazing Herculaneum sculpture that had been put on permanent display only last year (and which may not return now due to costs of moving such large pieces). The panels in Italian and English are well illustrated with some great reconstructions and very helpful maps - but are totally confusing in terms of chronology (focusing on the Roman to the Byzantine period, there is no clear route round the displays which skip from topic to topic). And while the panels discuss a range of material culture that shed new light on the ancient port area of Naples (such as evidence for glass making, lots of ceramics, human remains, etc), none of this is on display. What you can see are the marble fragments surviving from two monumental arches from the Roman imperial period - which are fantastic and made the visit worth while, but reveal the museum's art historical bias.

Although I was ultimately unsatisfied with the result of this small exhibition (but this is only a personal view!), the museum should be praised for its ongoing commitment to share the results of recent development-driven archaeology in Naples. There is an accompanying catalogue (25 euros) which makes these results more widely available to all scholars and interested visitors. My biggest request: we want much more please!!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Exhibition: Pompeii the Exhibit

Another major exhibition is about to go the US. 'Pompeii the Exhibit' will open in March 2011 at the Discovery Times Square Exposition in New York. Here are the details:




Experience Pompeii before and after the epic eruption 2,000 years ago. Imagine the moment their world vanished and discover the miraculous artifacts unearthed since. Witness the life and death of those frozen in time by ash - featuring the largest collection of body casts ever presented.

Over 250 artifacts – includes some never-before-seen objects and the largest collection of body casts ever on display including a dramatic skeleton collection.

A brand-new, immersive movie experience depicting a timelapsed representation starting from the moment of Vesuvius’ massive explosion.

Rendering by Ralph Applebaum Associates

Organized in association with Soprintendenza Archeologica Napoli e Pompei.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Light Alive Show at Herculaneum - 28 Sept

See the MAV website for more details of the "Light Alive Show: 3D virtual mapping" that will take place at Herculaneum archaeological site on Tuesday evening (28th September) as part of the Frontiere 2010 programme.
To coincide with the event the Boat Exhibit will remain open free of charge until 11pm.

Friday, 24 September 2010

A trip down memory lane: the Unpeeling Pompeii exhibition, 1998.

Rick Bauer persuaded me to scan my photos of the 1998 Unpeeling Pompeii exhibition. That brought back some memories! And, although I'm a terrible photographer, I wonder whether some of you might be interested to see the photos too, so they are attached below. And now I'm also wondering if anyone else would like to share some memories of Pompeii - events, excavations or anything you want to post that you think the rest of us would enjoy seeing. Go on - share some memories!

BTW, the Unpeeling Pompeii catalogue can still be purchased: Pompeii Archaeological Guidebooks: Unpeeling Pompeii - Studies in Region 1 of Pompeii v. 3

The Boy Successus, from the House of Successus, I.9.3  
A staged excavation!
A triclinium
Different types of amphorae found at Pompeii
A shop
Some of the panels made for display on site (AWH to right!)
More panels. Some can still be seen around site.
Installation! Vittorio Celentano, Antonio D'Ambrosio, Salvatore Vitiello, Ciro Sicigniano, Salvatore Nappo and two others I can't identify ... 

The mule and dog found in the House of Amarantus, I.9.12
Kitchen and table wares
The exhibition included lots of archival photos

MSU art professor's theory about ancient decorating choices casts new light on Roman paintings

From MSU News Service (By Carol Schmidt):

A four-year study of the wall paintings found in an elegant villa buried by Vesuvius in 79 A.D. indicate that ancient Romans -- just like modern decorators -- sometimes chose to renovate and revive older styles rather than redo in the latest techniques.

The research by Regina Gee, a professor of art history in Montana State University's College of Arts and Architecture, challenges the long-held assumption that Roman painting styles progressed in a linear fashion.

Gee presented her findings today at the 11th International Colloquium of the International Association for Ancient Wall Paintings in Ephesus-Selcuk, Turkey. The title of her paper is "Fourth-Style Responses to 'Period Rooms' of the Second and third Styles at Villa A ('of Poppaea') at Oplontis."

Gee's findings are based on her four years of research of the wall paintings in the elegant Villa Oplontis (, located five kilometers west of Pompeii in the current Italian city of Torre Annunziata. The villa was 140 years old and had been renovated and enlarged several times before it was buried in the eruption of Vesuvius. Experts consider the villa to have the best and most extensive wall paintings preserved of any known Roman villa. ...

Follow link above for full story and photos.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Blogging Pompeii redesigned!

I hope everyone is admiring Blogging Pompeii's new look! The site has been redesigned courtesy of Derek Littlewood of Eggbox Interactive. Derek offers design and development services for websites, games and interactive applications, and has a particular interest in using IT to make historical and archaeological research more accessible. I think he's done a great job in improving the layout, colour scheme and general clarity of Blogging Pompeii, and I recommend his services to any of you who need a helping hand in developing applications you can use in presenting your research. Anyone who is interested in hiring Derek should contact him directly at

If anyone notices any glitches or problems with the newly designed Blogging Pompeii, please email me so they can be fixed! (Remember to state which operating system, browser and browser version you use, such as Windows XP or Internet Explorer 7.)

Discovering ancient Pompeii with iPad

Congratulations to Steven Ellis and his team who are featured on for their use of iPads to record their excavation at Pompeii! See the full story here.

Inaugurazione dell'Ipogeo delle Anime - 25 settembre

On behalf of the Gruppo Archeologico Vesuviano:

Sabato 25 Settembre il Gruppo Archeologico Vesuviano inaugura l'Ipogeo delle Anime, presso la Chiesa del SS. Sacramento e San Michele Arcangelo...
Vi aspettiamo!!!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

'Scientists to drill 13,000ft into active volcano in test that could cause earthquake'

It was almost a year ago that we started posting newspaper reports about plans to drill in the Campi Flegrei. And now the story is back. I saw it this morning in The Telegraph, and then realised that Erik Klemetti of the excellent Eruptions blog had already caught the story (first reported yesterday in Nature) and expressed his frustration about journalistic fear-mongering. Read Erik's post for a scientist's perspective on the work in the Campi Flegrei, which is apparently due to start next month.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Useful pages on Google Sites

Check out the series of useful pages (relating mostly to the lapidary history of the Naples region) that Gene Dwyer has been posting to Google Sites:

Torre del Greco Epitaffio (Texts and Translations) by Eugene Dwyer.” Posted to Google Sites 3 July 2010

Naples Archaeological Museum: A Lapidary History (Texts Transcribed).” Posted to Google Sites 29 June 2010

Lapidary History of the Museo Nazionale Archeologico di Napoli.” Posted to Google Sites 24 June 2010

Letter of Sebastiano Ciampi to Lorenzo Bartolini (Italian text).” Posted to Google Sites 24 June 2010

The Epitaffio di Portici: Text and Translation.” Posted to Google Sites 22 June 2010.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Soprintendenza di Pompei e Napoli, Ardovino da ottobre al posto di Proietti

Looks like we will have a new Soprintendente of Naples and Pompeii from October. Read the story (in Italian) from the Corriere del Mezzogiorno here.

Incontri di Archeologica

Just published on the PompeiViva website, a list of lectures and guided tours for the coming year, organised by the Soprintendenza. All events are free, but you have to book. I will try to remember to post reminders about events each month, but here is the full list:

XVI edizione (settembre 2010-giugno 2011)
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GIORNATE EUROPEE DEL PATRIMONIO” (25 e 26 settembre). Ingresso gratuito a musei e aree archeologiche e numerose iniziative, illustrate nei siti web istituzionali. Due di esse sono descritte nella sezione “Attori e artisti al MANN” di questo programma.

Il Parco Sommerso di Gaiola tra natura e archeologia, di Maurizio Simeone del Centro Studi Interdisciplinari Gaiola ONLUS. La conferenza è preceduta dalla visita del Parco archeologico ambientale del Pausilypon. Domenica 3 ottobre 2010 ore 10, Napoli, Grotta di Seiano, via Coroglio.

Archeologia a scuola. Proposte didattiche dai musei e dalle aree archeologiche della Soprintendenza. Si presentano ai docenti della Scuola le attività proposte per l’anno scolastico 2010-2011.
In collaborazione con Associazione Misenum, C.S.I. Gaiola ONLUS, Gruppo Archeologico Napoletano, Kosmos, Archeo Service, Le Nuvole, Pierreci Codess, Progetto Scuola Parco Sommerso di Baia. Giovedì 7 ottobre 2010 ore 11.30 e 15.30, Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

Le antiche mura di Sorrento, di Tommasina Budetta. Giovedì 14 ottobre 2010 ore 15 Napoli, Museo Archeologico AND Domenica 17 ottobre 2010 ore 11, Sorrento, Porta Persano.

L’alimentazione nell’area vesuviana, di Grete Stefani, sabato 16 ottobre 2010 ore 11, Boscoreale, Antiquarium Nazionale
Il vino a Pompei, di Annamaria Ciarallo, domenica 17 ottobre 2010 ore 11, Pompei, Scavi, ingresso Piazza Anfiteatro

Le ville romane di Stabiae, di Maria Stella Pisapia, domenica 24 ottobre 2010 ore 11, Castellammare di Stabia, Via Passeggiata Archeologica, ingresso Villa S. Marco

Presentazione del Carteggio Croce-Ricci, a cura di Clotilde Bertoni. Il Carteggio, la cui pubblicazione è stata promossa dall’Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, è presentato da Stefano De Caro e Giuseppe Galasso. Introduce Marta Herling. Sarà presente la curatrice. Giovedì 28 ottobre 2010 ore 17, Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

Il mobile a Pompei ed Ercolano, di Ernesto De Carolis, giovedì 4 novembre 2010 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico

In visita alla Piscina Mirabilis, di Diva Di Nanni e Luca Prosdocimo di Pierreci Codess, domenica 7 novembre 2010 ore 11, Bacoli, Via Piscina Mirabile

Toghe, daghe e Coca Cola. Al cinema, nuovi ritorni al passato, di Antonio Carcione. Domenica 14 novembre 2010 ore 11, Napoli, Museo Archeologico

La biblioteca della “Villa dei Papiri” di Ercolano, di Francesca Longo Auricchio. In collaborazione con Dipartimento di Filologia Classica dell’Università Federico II di Napoli, giovedì 18 novembre 2010 ore 15
Napoli, Museo Archeologico

Le avventure di Narciso nella classicità, di Aldo Masullo, giovedì 25 novembre 2010 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico

Dagli Ateniesi ai Milesi. Origine ed evoluzione della scrittura greca, di Elena Miranda De Martino e Diva Di Nanni Durante. In collaborazione con Dipartimento di Discipline Storiche "E. Lepore" dell'Università Federico II di Napoli, giovedì 2 dicembre 2010 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico

Percorso tattile: “In visita al Museo Archeologico di Napoli”. Percorso riservato a non vedenti e ipovedenti e finalizzato tra l’altro a suggerire una metodologia per la “lettura” dell’oggetto musealizzato. L’appuntamento delle ore 10 è per bambini e ragazzi fino a 13 anni. A cura del Servizio Educativo della Soprintendenza e dell’Associazione Cassiopea ONLUS, venerdì 3 dicembre 2010 ore 10, 12 e 15.30
Napoli, Museo Archeologico

Percorso tattile: “Lungo via dell’Abbondanza” di Ilaria Donati e Paola Morelli di Pierreci Codess. Percorso riservato a non vedenti e ipovedenti e dedicato alle botteghe e alle attività commerciali dell’antica Pompei.
L’appuntamento delle ore 10.30 è per bambini e ragazzi fino a 13 anni, venerdì 3 dicembre 2010 ore 10.30 e 15.30. Pompei, Scavi, ingresso Piazza Esedra

Percorso “Friendly Pompei”, di Ilaria Tartaglia di Pierreci Codess. Il percorso, riservato ai visitatori con ridotte capacità motorie, parte da Piazza Anfiteatro e si conclude nella Domus di Giulio Polibio. Venerdì 3 dicembre 2010 ore 10.30, Pompei, Scavi, ingresso Piazza Anfiteatro.

Il “Doriforo” di Policleto, di Vincenzo Franciosi. In collaborazione con Facoltà di Lettere dell’Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa di Napoli, giovedì 9 dicembre 2010 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

Le sette meraviglie dell’architettura nel trattato di Filone di Bisanzio, di Francesco Starace, giovedì 16 dicembre 2010 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico

Parchi archeologici sommersi tra conservazione e fruizione, di Paolo Caputo, Filomena Lucci e Giovanna Ayr, giovedì 13 gennaio 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico

Novità archeologiche da Ercolano, di Domenico Camardo e Maria Paola Guidobaldi, giovedì 20 gennaio 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico

Il “gigante” di Capodimonte, di Federico Rausa. In collaborazione con Dipartimento di Discipline Storiche "E. Lepore" dell'Università Federico II di Napoli, giovedì 27 gennaio 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

Presentazione del volume Album museo, di Andrea Milanese. Intervengono Arturo Fittipaldi, Maria Antonella Fusco e Sandra Pinto, giovedì 3 febbraio 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

Presenze dell’antico nell’arte italiana del Novecento, di Gaia Salvatori. In collaborazione con Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia della Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, giovedì 10 febbraio 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

Novità dal Laboratorio di Conservazione e Restauro del MANN, di Luigia Melillo, giovedì 17 febbraio 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

La conservazione degli edifici allo stato di rudere: teorie, lavori, iniziative, di Rosario Paone, giovedì 24 febbraio 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

MARZO 2011
Lo specchio e la panoplia della charis, di Mauro Menichetti. In collaborazione con Dipartimento di Beni Culturali dell’Università degli Studi di Salerno, lunedì 7 marzo 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

Lo stadio di Cuma, di Paolo Caputo e Marco Giglio. In collaborazione con Dipartimento di Studi del Mondo classico e del Mediterraneo antico dell’Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, giovedì 10 marzo 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

Doni agli dei. Il sistema dei doni votivi nei santuari, di Giovanna Greco e Bianca Ferrara. In collaborazione con Dipartimento di Discipline Storiche "E. Lepore" dell'Università Federico II di Napoli
giovedì 17 marzo 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

Note su Amedeo Maiuri, di Umberto Pappalardo e Rosaria Ciardiello. In collaborazione con Facoltà di Lettere dell’Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa di Napoli, giovedì 24 marzo 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

Il bronzo nella vita quotidiana di Pompei, di Vincenzina Castiglione Morelli, giovedì 31 marzo 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico

Architettura del teatro romano, di Alfredo Balasco, giovedì 7 aprile 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

Architettura dell’anfiteatro, di Enrico Stanco. La conferenza è seguita da una proiezione di fotografie di Luigi Spina illustrata dall’autore, giovedì 14 aprile 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

Il simposio nella ceramica greca arcaica e classica, di Ludi Chazalon. In collaborazione con Dipartimento di Storia dell’Arte e Archeologia dell’Università di Nantes, lunedì 18 aprile 2011 ore 15
Napoli, Museo Archeologico

Le ricerche dell'Università Federico II di Napoli a Cuma eolica (Turchia), di Lucia Scatozza Höricht
In collaborazione con Dipartimento di Discipline Storiche "E. Lepore" dell'Università Federico II di Napoli
giovedì 28 aprile 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico

Dioniso negli affreschi della Casa degli Epigrammi a Pompei, di Laura Caso, giovedì 5 maggio 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico

Villa Iovis, di Rosaria Ciardiello. La conferenza è seguita dall’osservazione della flora del sito, guidata dall’Associazione Pro Natura Isola di Capri ONLUS, domenica 8 maggio 2011 ore 11, Capri, Villa Iovis.

Il Museo in cartolina, di Marco Casciello e Maria Antonella Fusco, giovedì 12 maggio 2011 ore 15
Napoli, Museo Archeologico.

Archeologia, paleoambiente ed eruzioni nel Nord Vesuvio, di Antonio De Simone. In collaborazione con Facoltà di Lettere dell’Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa di Napoli, giovedì 19 maggio 2011 ore 15, Napoli, Museo Archeologico

Il Parco Sommerso di Baia: un mare di tesori da scoprire. Visita all’Area Marina Protetta, di Giovanna Ayr e Michela Timarco, domenica 5 giugno 2011 ore 11, Baia, Porto, ingresso “Tempio di Venere”.

Friday, 17 September 2010

What do you think of the iPhone Pompeii app?

Umberto Miglione of Nexus srl writes:

'Hi, We'd like to know your opinion about the app Pompeii English for iPhone; I enclose some info and screenshots. (in these days AppStore is approving the version 1.1 with a fix in a couple of movies)'.

I know some of you have already downloaded this app, so here's your chance to give some feedback to its developers! Those of you who haven't seen the app yet can view a selection of the screenshots that Umberto sent below, along with some information about it. If you want to see more screenshots, or find out how to download a copy, email me.

If you are a contributor to BP, please give your feedback as a comment to this post. If you're not a contributor but would still like to give feedback, email your comments to or comment on the Blogging Pompeii Facebook page.

Thank you!
The application is bigger than 430 MB, it is in English (also Videos and Audioguides) and it contains:
1. About 75’ of exclusive FILM on the most important sites (including aerial filming and tours in the houses that are being restored and therefore closed to the public). 

2. A vast PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY, with more than 500 photos of the most important houses and monuments, including more than 40 3D reconstructions.

3. Many PAGES OF TEXTS and PICTURES, that describe the most important sites, monuments and houses. From each page you can find your GPS coordinates, and have access to the photographic gallery, the films and the audio guide.

4. Six different ROUTES to take to visit the most fascinating and important corners of the city. The area you will be able to visit in Pompeii is more than 22 hectares, therefore without following a specific route it is impossible to visit the whole site in just one day.

5. Many in-depth explanations of the roman world (with texts, pictures and films) such as:
* The monuments
* The roman house
* The water system
* Working activities
* Nutrition habits
* Entertainments
* Public services
* How to calculate time
* Communications
* Thermal baths
* Religion
* Art styles

6. A section dedicated to the EROTIC POMPEII, including texts, pictures and films of the famous frescoes still preserved in the city and in the Secret Cabinet of the Archaeological Museum of Naples.

7. A list of the main HOTELS and RESTAURANTS (including description, pictures, addressed, phone number, website and email address).

8. A series of useful TOURIST INFORMATION and information regarding how to reach Pompeii and how to visit the archaeological sites. 

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Activities of the Gruppo Archeologico Napoletano

The Gruppo Archeologico Napoletano have just posted their itinerary of activities for the coming months. They're got some interesting visits planned. Check out their website here. (Note that if you want to attend any of the events you will have to join the group.)

Ghosts in Pompeii, again

The Destination Truth episode about ghosts in Pompeii can now be viewed on YouTube. The presenters retrieve a lava bomb from Vesuvius and place it in the Temple of Isis in order to evoke the spirits of Pompeii. Hilarious!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Exhibition: Le ore della donna

LE ORE DELLA DONNA Storie e immagini nella collezione di ceramiche attiche e magnogreche di Intesa Sanpaolo Napoli, Galleria di Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano 29 settembre 2010 - 3 aprile 2011

News from that antiquities from the Intesa Sanpaolo collection will be going on display in Naples at the end of the month. The collection includes a large number of ceramics from Apulia. The Naples Archaeological Museum is also lending some pieces from the Ruvo tombs for the exhibition, and in return will have some of their ancient vases restored as part of a scheme funded by Intesa Sanpaolo. The exhibition will be held in the Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano, which opens to the public every day except Sundays (see here for opening times), and which also is home to a very famous Caravaggio (the Martirio di sant'Orsola).

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Ghosts in Pompeii

This one just popped up on my news feed: a TV program on Seattle PI will be investigating hauntings at Pompeii (and elsewhere). So my question is this: have any of you EVER heard stories of hauntings at Pompeii?!
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