“Bring me the best of whatever you find!”- Asked the local king who ruled Naples in 1748. It is the reason why the finest collections and artifacts from the old towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum reached Naples and its National Archaeological Museum. If you are actually an antiquities lovers, your travel in Italy cannot leave out of consideration a tour to Pompeii and Archaeological Museum of Naples.
Visiting Pompeii means more than a simple tour to see some remains. The city is one of the most famous archaeological sites of the world, because it has preserved buildings, streets and squares, almost intact. On the morning of 24 August 79 AD the eruption of Vesuvius sneaked up on the 11,000 inhabitants of Pompeii. The catastrophe killed the population and buried the city under a blanket of ash. This allowed preserving Pompeii up to our days. While there, you will breathe the everyday life: to discover how citizens of the biggest empire in the world lived, loved, worked and entertained will amaze you.
If you are a history geek, a tour to the National Archaeological Museum by itself makes Naples a worthwhile stop.
The Museum offers a remarkable collection and the best possible glance into the art of Pompeii and Herculaneum, ranging from exquisite Roman mosaics, frescoes and statuary to the intimate details of everyday life: the best artifacts from the excavations ended up here, including many steamy or sexually explicit finds coming from Pompeii brothels’ walls! Another highlight is the Farnese collection, with its huge, famous and wonderful statues from Rome’s Bath of Caracalla.