Despite having an illustrious history as an Oscan, Samnite and Roman settlement, Pompeii's best-known incarnation is, ironically, that of a buried city. Due to the numerous layers of volcanic mud and ash spewed forth by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., Pompeii has preserved its Roman-era layout and offers a fascinating and detailed look into the daily life of its people. Since its unearthing in the late 18th century, Pompeii has remained one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy and is unparalleled in its preservation of an ancient city.
After meeting our docent in Naples, we will enjoy the short drive out to the archeological site of Pompeii. Taking advantage of this time, our docent will provide a historical narrative that will set up the context for viewing and understanding the city. Upon arriving, we will move swiftly on to the ancient roads, allowing us to explore homes, stores, temples and public spaces which narrate the social, cultural and political themes present in Pompeii. We will pay special attention to the construction and decoration of private homes, most notably the magnificent frescoes of the Villa of the Mysteries. The moving remains of the desperate inhabitants attempting an escape from impending doom create an immediate and emotional experience.
Our three and a half-hour delve into the reality of this city will be led by a docent who specializes in archeology or classic history, and who possesses a deep knowledge of the various aspects of the site of Pompeii and its context within the Roman empire.
|Duration: 3.5 hours|
|Venues: Pompeii Archaeological Site|
|Incidentals: Entry Tickets- €11.00|
Maria Laura Chiacchio
Marialaura holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Naples and a master's in museology from the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She is a native of Naples and speaks four languages fluently (Italian, English, French and German). Her specialty is 17th and 18th century art, but she is also an expert in the 19th century excavations of Pompeii and the archaeological museum of Naples. She divides her time between Paris and Naples.
Fiorella Squillante holds a laurea (Bachelor's degree) in modern languages and is a specialist in art history and Neapolitan culture and art.
She works with the main museums of Naples as a member of the educational section. She also works closely with Friends of Museums from abroad.
Fiorella is the president of the cultural association "Fine Arts", which organizes private viewings and themed routes in Naples and Campania, cocktails and visits to stately homes and private collections. She writes about Naples and Campania for a popular guide book and is the author of a guide to Neapolitan art and architecture called "Napels in 3 days".
Iris Mueller is a native of Germany. She has lived extensively in the U.S., where she received her Ph.D. in history from Yale University. Back in Europe since 2002, she studied Latin at the Universita' Gregoriana in Rome and, in 2003, moved to the Naples/Salerno area. Besides leading itineraries, she is working on Medieval manuscripts at the Naples National Library.
Roberta obtained a degree in Archaeology at the University of Suor Orsola Benincasa in Naples and specialized in Cultural Heritage Conservation at postgraduate level. She is a licensed guide for the Campania region and has been involved in Cultural Heritage accessibility and mobility programmes.
Riccardo holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Naples Federico II and a degree in art history from the University Suor Orsola Benincasa. He is a native of Naples and also a classically trained musician, with a degree in classical guitar from the Conservatoire of Naples San Pietro a Majella. Beside his work as a licensed tour guide in all the archaeological sites (Pompei, Herculaneum, Oplontis), churches, and museums of the Campania Region, he has hold many conferences about medieval illuminations, and about relations between visual arts and music during Roman Antiquity and the Middle Ages. From 2006 to 2009 he worked as assistant professor at the "Suor Orsola Benincasa" University, in Naples. Riccardo also is a licensed art history teacher for secondary school.