Visit the new part of Pompeii: for the first time opened to the public!
Today for the first time visitors will be able to visit the the biggest thermal bath of the ancient roman city as well as a newly- discovered fresco depicting an erotic scene from the Greek myth Leda and Swan and the newly-reopened House of Golden Cupids!
A "new golden age" for the Unesco-listed site starts today! Thanks to the intensified digdiscovery and the works of restoration of the past years we can enjoy the view of the beautiful fresco depicting the Spartan queen Leda being seduced by a swan, and visit the stunning Central Bath, as well as the House of the Golden Cupids.
The central bathwere constructed immediately after
the earthquake of 62 A.D. (in fact many of the materials used were
plundered from nearby buildings) and was interrupted as a result of
the eruption in 79 A.D. It was built on more modern and functional
lines than the Stabian Baths, and had to answer, given the dramatic
population increase, to the growing needs of the citizens. These are
in fact bigger than all the other baths, lie at the intersection of two of Pompeii's main streets, Via Stabiana and Via di Nola and occupy the whole of the interior of the insula and are equipped with a large gymnasium, numerous
baths and a room intended exclusively as a "sudatorium"-sweating room. The
decoration is of the richest and most magnificent appearance. Excavators also uncovered the skeleton of a small child in the ruins.
"He or she was looking for shelter, and found death instead," said Alberta
Martellone, who led the excavation.
The house of the Golden Cupids,renamed after the Cupids engraved on two gold medallions that decorate a cubicle of the portico is one of the most elegant of the Imperial era: set around the spectacular peristylium, is characterised by the high quantity of mythological paintings
So let's explore the new part of Pompeii with us: you can't miss it!
We toured both Pompeii and Herculanium with Stefano who is a geat guide, bringing both historical sites to life. He is fun, informative and great company to be with. We skipped the lines and made the most of our time in both historical sites. The small groups made the tours very interactive so well worth it if you don't like large excursions. We booked Stefano via WhatsApp and he kept us up to date by messages and phone calls then meeting him at the train station in Pompeii. If you are intending to travel by train there are multiple stops and trains are crowded so you might prefer to make alternative arrangements for transport with Stefano.