Archaeology in Naples offers top quality itineraries for the discovery of the Bay of Naples through guided walks by experts who live and practice archaeology daily, with enjoyable strolls among the beauty of this extraordinary land.
Tours in Naples
A unique city, characterised by the multitude of cultures that over the course of three millenia have made it their home, leaving traces of their passage and moulding it into a complex metropolis, eclectic and surprising. Behind every corner hides a thousand year old story, a remarkable event, an unresolved mystery. Its charm between beauty and neglect drove Goethe to remark that Naples was “a haven inhabited by devils”
The cities buried by the terrifying volcanic eruption of 79 AD are the most precious source of insight into the daily life of the ancient Roman peoples. Pompeii covers an area of approximately 66 hectares and to visit means to roam the streets, access the shops and houses, the spas and theatres – a complete immersion into an ancient city.
Tours in Oplontis
This Roman Villa covers a built up area of at least 3,650 square meters and it is made up of two distinct cores; one, dating back to the 1st century BC, descends from the “Atrium house” style and is adorned with beautiful paintings in the “architectonic style” (second style), the other, of the Nero period, centred around the pool (“natatio”).
Tours in Baiae
Baiae was the chosen vacation spot by the Roman aristocracy, sought after by the foremost personalities and favoured by the Emperors, all thanks to the healthy climate and the therapeutic properties of its thermal hot springs. The volcanic properties of the area which brought it much fortune were also to seal Baiae’s fate, due to its bradyseism.
Tours in Kyme
Cuma was the first western Greek colony with its looming cliff is one of the most important and beautiful archaeological sites of the bay of Naples. The mystic aura of the verses of Vergil pervade the ruins of the ancient city and almost materializes itself in the Cave of the Sibyl, one of the most evocative sites of the world.
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The grandiose Pausilypon belonged to the rich and ruthless Roman equestrian P. Vedio who bequeathed it to the Emperor Augustus. Breathtaking views, a theatre, an Odeon, pools, roof gardens and pavilions overlooking the sea would present themselves to the eyes of the Emperor’s guests upon exiting the aphotic Seiano’s Cave, leaving them bedazzled by the majestic spectacle of the residence.
The extraordinary remains of the ancient Herculaneum are no less than an open door to a precise moment of the past. They show the Roman civilization with such abundance of details and degree of preservation of the organic materials as to be considered unparalleled throughout the world.
Tours in Pozzuoli
Pozzuoli was Rome’s main port during the empire’s first centuries. It was known amongst the ancient people as “pusilla Roma” (little Rome) as, although covering a small area, it presented itself as a grandiose city, teeming with peoples from all corners of the Mediterranean region. Today visitors can see many remarkable remains emerging from the modern urban fabric, like the two amphitheatres, the thermal bath complex known as Neptune’s Temple and the Macellum (Serapide’s Temple).
Tours in Bacoli/Miseno
The Roman era made of Campi Flegrei a place of extraordinary strategic and military importance. Here, imposing infrastructures were built to pass on Roman technological and engineering knowledge like the magnificent reservoir of Bacoli, the so called Piscina Mirabilis, used to supply Classis Misenensis, the main Roman naval fleet stationed in Miseno.
The National Archaeological Museum of Naples exhibits a unique collection of frescos, mosaics, sculptures, gold and silver objects as well as commonly used objects collected from the local region. Also several collections, including the Collezione Farnese.
The Archaeological Museum of Campi Flegrei, situated in the Aragonese castle of Baia, recently upgraded to 47 rooms, has artefacts from the area starting in the prehistoric period and spanning up to the Roman era.
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