27 Sights in Pompei, Italy (with Map and Images)

Here you can find interesting sights in Pompei, Italy. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 27 sights are available in Pompei, Italy.

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1. Iseum

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Iseum Giacomo Brogi / Public domain

The Temple of Isis is a Roman temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis. This small and almost intact temple was one of the first discoveries during the excavation of Pompeii in 1764. Its role as a Hellenized Egyptian temple in a Roman colony was fully confirmed with an inscription detailed by Francisco la Vega on July 20, 1765. Original paintings and sculptures can be seen at the Museo Archaeologico in Naples; the site itself remains on the Via del Tempio di Iside. In the aftermath of the temple's discovery many well-known artists and illustrators swarmed to the site.

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2. Tempio di Giove

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The Temple of Jupiter, Capitolium, or Temple of the Capitoline Triad, was a temple in Roman Pompeii, at the north end of its forum. Initially dedicated to Jupiter alone, it was built in the mid-2nd century BC at the same time as the temple of Apollo was being renovated - this was the area at which Roman influence over Pompeii increased and so Roman Jupiter superseded the Greek Apollo as the town's highest god. Jupiter was the ruler of the gods and the protector of Rome, where his temple was the center of Roman Religion and of the cult of state.

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3. Casa del Fauno

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The House of the Faun, constructed in the 2nd century BCE during the Samnite period, was a grand Hellenistic palace that was framed by peristyle in Pompeii, Italy. The historical significance in this impressive estate is found in the many great pieces of art that were well preserved from the ash of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. It is one of the most luxurious aristocratic houses from the Roman republic, and reflects this period better than most archaeological evidence found even in Rome itself.

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4. Macellum

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The Macellum of Pompeii was located on the Forum and as the provision market of Pompeii was one of the focal points of the ancient city. The building was constructed in several phases. When the earthquake of 62 CE destroyed large parts of Pompeii, the Macellum was also damaged. Archeological excavations in the modern era have revealed a building that had still not been fully repaired by the time of the eruption of 79 CE.

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5. Lupanare Grande

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Lupanare Grande Fer.filol / Public domain

The Lupanar of Pompeii is the ruins of a brothel in the Ancient Roman city of Pompeii. It is of particular interest for the erotic paintings on its walls. Lupanar is Latin for "brothel". The Pompeii lupanar is also known as Lupanare Grande or the "Purpose-Built Brothel". After becoming a Roman Colony, Pompeii was closely associated with Venus a deity of sex and a mythological figure closely tied to prostitution.

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6. Teatro Piccolo

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Teatro Piccolo William Henry Goodyear / Public domain

The theatre area of Pompeii is located in the southwest region of the city. There are three main buildings that make up this area: the Large Theatre, the Odeon, and the Quadriporticum. These served as an entertainment and meeting centre of the city. Pompeii had two stone theatres of its own nearly two decades before the first permanent stone theatre was erected in Rome in the 50s BC.

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7. Casa dei Dioscuri

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Casa dei Dioscuri
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Dioscuri's house, a Roman-era house buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79, was discovered during archaeological excavations in ancient Pompeii: it is one of the largest and best-decorated houses in the city, named after a painting at the entrance of Dioscuri Castor and Polloce, which is now preserved in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.

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8. Casa del Menandro

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The House of Menander is one of the richest and most magnificent houses in ancient Pompeii in terms of architecture, decoration and contents, and covers a large area of about 1,800 square metres (19,000 sq ft) occupying most of its insula. Its quality means the owner must have been an aristocrat involved in politics, with great taste for art.

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9. Casa del chirurgo

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Casa del chirurgo Mau / Public domain

The House of the Surgeon is one of the most famous houses in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii and is named after ancient surgical instruments that were found there. Along with the rest of the city, it was buried and largely preserved under 4 to 6 m of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

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10. Casa delle Nozze d'Argento

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Casa delle Nozze d'Argento Luigi Bazzani / Public domain

The House of the Silver Wedding is the name given to the archaeological remains of a Roman house in Pompeii, buried in the ash from the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The house was excavated in 1893 and was named after the silver wedding anniversary of Umberto and Margherita of Savoy, which took place in that year.

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11. Tempio di Apollo

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Tempio di Apollo General Cucombre from New York, USA / CC BY 2.0

The Temple of Apollo, also known as the Sanctuary of Apollo, is a Roman temple built in 120 BC and dedicated to the Greek and Roman god Apollo in the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, southern Italy. The sanctuary was a public space influenced by Roman colonists to be dedicated to Greco-Roman religion and culture.

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12. Quadriportico dei Teatri

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The Quadriportico dei Teatri, also called the Gladiators barracks, is a structure from the Roman era, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 and found following the archaeological excavations of the ancient Pompeii: initially used as foyer, it was later transformed into a barracks for gladiatorial art.

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13. Casa dell'Efebo

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The House of Effibis, a Roman-era house buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79, was discovered during archaeological excavations in ancient Pompeii: also known as the House of Publius Cornelius Tegeste, named after its owner because of the discovery of a statue of Effibis.

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14. Tempio di Vespasiano

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The temple of Vespasian, also known by the name of Aedes Genusi, is a temple of the Roman era, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 and found following the archaeological excavations of the ancient Pompeii: the sacred structure was dedicated to the genius of the Roman emperors.

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15. Foro Triangolare

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The triangular hole is a Roman hole, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 and found following the archaeological excavations of ancient Pompeii; The square was mainly used for equestrian races and as a leisure place waiting to attend the representation of the nearby theaters.

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16. Scavi archeologici di Pompei

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The archaeological excavations of Pompeii returned the remains of the city of Pompeii Antica, at the Civita hill, at the gates of modern Pompeii, buried under a blanket of ashes and lapilli during the eruption of Vesuvius of 79, together with Ercolano, Stabia e Oplonti.

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17. Edificio di Eumachia

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The Eumachia building was a public building from the Roman era, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 and found following the archaeological excavations of the ancient Pompeii: the building was used as a wool market or as the headquarters of the Fullones corporation.

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18. Terme del Foro

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The Terme del Foro, also called Terme della Fortuna, are a spa complex of the Roman era, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 and found following the archaeological excavations of ancient Pompeii: they take their name from the proximity to the forum.

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19. Santuario della Beata Vergine del Santo Rosario

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The Pontifical Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei is a Roman Catholic cathedral, Marian pontifical shrine and minor basilica commissioned by Bartolo Longo, located in Pompei, Italy. It is the see of the Territorial Prelature of Pompei.

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20. Castellum aquae

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The Castellum Aquae is a Roman building buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 and discovered during archaeological excavations in ancient Pompeii: its function is to collect drinking water and distribute it to the city's water supply system.

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21. Basilica

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The Basilica was a public building from the Roman era, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 and found following the archaeological excavations of ancient Pompeii: it was used both as a court and as a seat for commercial negotiations.

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22. Teatro Grande

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Teatro Grande AnonimoUnknown author / Public domain

The Teatro Grande is a Roman theater, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 and found following the archaeological excavations of ancient Pompeii: inside it were represented comedies, mimes and pantomimi, as well as the atellane.

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23. Santuario dei Lari Pubblici

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The Sanctuary of the Public Lari is a temple of the Roman era, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 and found following the archaeological excavations of ancient Pompeii; Inside, the tutelary deities of the city were venerated.

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24. Tempio Dorico

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The Doric Temple is a temple of the Roman era, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 and found following the archaeological excavations of ancient Pompeii. It is one of the buildings with the major Greek influences of the city.

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25. Palestra Grande

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The Great gym is a Roman gym, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 and found following the archaeological excavations of ancient Pompeii: its name derives from the fact that it was the greatest gymnastic system of the city.

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26. Palestra Sannitica

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Palestra Sannitica Mentnafunangann / Public domain

The Sannitica gym is a Roman gym, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 and found following the archaeological excavations of ancient Pompeii: its function was to host gymnastic races or military and political meetings.

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27. Temple of Fortuna Augusta

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The Temple of Fortuna Augusta is a temple of the Roman era, buried during the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 and found following the archaeological excavations of ancient Pompeii: it was dedicated to the emperor Augustus.

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