The Special Superintendent for the Archaeology of Naples and Pompeii has just announced Pompeii’s 2010 Events Schedule entilted Pompeii Viva that is filled with new and exciting programs for the spring and summer. And don’t forget, Pompeii is on the ArteCard circuit.

A new way to visit the archaeological area

“Live” Discoveries, multimedia visits, the summer season at the Great Theatre, itineraries by bike and for children, the Archaeo-restaurant

All the news of the 2010 program

“Pompei Viva” is a claim, the 2010 program for the archaeological area, a slogan meaning: knowledge, preservation, valorization of one of the most extraordinary sites of the world. Worksites where you can watch live the archaeological discoveries, multimedia visits, a summer season of prestigious performances at the restored Great Theatre, walks by night, thematic itineraries, by bike and for children, exhibitions, an archaeo-restaurant where you can taste the finest traditional Campanian products. These are just some of the news of the Special Chief Manager of the emergency for the archaeological areas of Naples and Pompeii, Marcello Fiori and of the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei program that are making the Vesuvian excavations more and more accessible and enjoyable.

“If Pompeii is an emotion…Pompei Viva is a joy exclamation – says Fiori illustrating the 2010 program of activities – Pompeii reminds of a tragedy but it is at the same time a living city, which is still telling about itself, its inhabitants, its life through objects, paintings, architectures. A city where the wine is produced by its own fertile vineyards and food by its own gardens. A city where the different kinds of artistic expressions of the Roman Age will return thanks to the theatres restoration. The workshops will revive. The life palpitation will appear again along the streets and in the squares. Pompeii – underlines Fiori – is a city which speaks a universal language; a never-ending lesson of its history and an emotion for our hearts. These are the reasons of our work and our deep care. That’s why today we wish to exclaim :”Pompei viva – ViVa Pompeii”.


One of the most beautiful houses (Domus) of the ancient city has been opened to the public. The House of the Chaste Lovers, named after a decorative panel representing the innocent kiss of two lovers, was the house of a rich baker. Since its discovery in 1987 it has never been accessible to the public. The perfectly preserved oven of the bakery, two stables with animals’ skeletons, a faithfully reconstructed garden and marvellous frescoes and mosaics, can now be viewed from of a suspended walkway. Visitors can view the work being carried out by the archaeologists and restorers in this transparent work site enabling them to share the magic of discovery together with the experts. From February 2010


The House of Giulio Polibio, one of the best known and most studied houses of Pompeii, will re-open to the public in March 2010, with a new look, combining historical and scientific detail with innovative information technology. Visitors are welcomed into a virtual reconstruction by a very special guide, Giulio Polibio himself in the form of a hologram, creating a strong emotional impact. Casts of domestic tools unearthed during the dig, together with state-of-the-art multi-medial installations, bring to life the habits and customs handed down by this house. The voice of an extraordinary story teller accompanies visitors in a journey through time. The guided tour is organised for small groups. From March 2010


Pompeii returns to the stage: after 15 months of work, the Great Theatre of Pompeii will return to its original splendour, thanks to the availability of more than 2,000 seats and to a partnership with the main southern cultural institutions like the San Carlo Theatre of Naples and Napoli Teatro Festival Italia. In June, the Great Theatre, one of the oldest opera house in Europe, combining history, technology and culture, will inaugurate a wide range of performances that makes up a rich programme of events for the Pompeiian summer. From June to September 2010


Pompeii’s night season will be inaugurated in April with special itineraries and events.

The Moons of Pompeii

The splendid archaeological site hosts The Moons of Pompeii: guided tours in a mysterious and magical atmosphere. The ancient buried city is brought back to life through the telling of secrets never disclosed before. From April 2010

The permanent illumination of the excavations

A permanent artistic light system will be the distinctive mark of Pompeii’s night life. The streets of the city will be illuminated, the gardens of the houses will come to life, giving the visitor a novel experience of summer walks after sunset and enchanting adventures. From June 2010

A night for Star Gazers

Pompeii under the stars: on 10th August – the night of San Lorenzo – everyone can dream and make wishes, gazing at the sky from the Pompeii Forum. A new venue, a unique occasion to observe the constellations all night long with a special guide. 10th August 2010


Pompeii by bike

From the Amphitheatre Square to the Villa of the Mysteries, a bike path of about 4 Km allows tourists to stop at specially equipped areas and places from which unforgettable views of Vesuvius and the excavations can be enjoyed. The experience is recommended for all, including non-professionals. Bikes may be hired on site.

Easy Pompeii

The excavations have now been made accessible to everyone. A two-hour itinerary has been created for visitors with reduced mobility, and for families with small children. Everyone can walk amongst the ancient apartments (insulae) of Pompeii and experience the archaeological heritage in an easy and practical way. The entrance is situated at the Amphitheatre Square.

Arts, crafts and professions

Walking through the streets, an in-depth view of commercial life in ancient Pompeii is offered by the workshops of the arts and old crafts such as the oil lamp maker’s workshop, the perfume maker’s house, the nursery and workshops brought back to their ancient activities, such as that of the straw-mat maker. From March 2010


Laboratories created by the experts of the Idis Foundaton – City of Science, offer children and their families a cultural learning experience through play. Activities take place at the Casa Pacifico near the ticket office in the Amphitheatre Square.

Laboratories include: Modelling in clay; Pompeiian Red; Simulated archaeological dig; Writing and calculating instruments of the past; Volcanology. From May 2010


Educational exhibition “Pompeii – 24th August 79 a.D.”

The exhibition set up near the Amphitheatre Square, reconstructs the eruption of 79 a.D. and the destruction of Pompeii. An educational itinerary aimed at the younger public, has been created by the seismologists and volcanologists of the Italian Department of Public Safety and the Vesuvius Observatory. A “vibrating seismic table” allows people to experience a simulation of an earthquake. From March 2010

Concerts and Ballet from the San Carlo Theatre at the Auditorium

Pompeii opens its Auditorium to concerts and ballet from the San Carlo Theatre. A cycle of performances for all students proposes a re-evocation of music and dance at the time of Pompeii. The Children’s Choir sings Aesop’s Fables, the brass ensemble plays “Che magnifico fracasso” and the Ballet School performs well-known stories with “In the World of Fables”. The shows complete the visit to the excavations. From February 2010


The relationship between history and civilisation science, preservation of biodiversity and agro-alimentary culture, is the key to understanding the cultural and territorial origins of a population. Thanks to an agreement with the Campania Region for the promotion, catering and food and wine tasting, the flavours of the ancient world of Pompeii may be rediscovered at the Archaeo-restaurant situated in the splendid Casina dell’Aquila (Eagle’s Lodge), an important 18th century building with panoramic terraces with views of Vesuvius, the excavations and the sea. Gourmet recipes from the Roman period made with the finest traditional Campanian products give the visitor an exciting journey through time. From June 2010

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