Egypt returns to Pompeii in an awesome contemporary reinterpretation. From April 20 in the Palestra Grande starts the exhibition called "Egypt Pompeii", the second stage of the exhibition, which opened on March 5 at the Egyptian Museum. The project is the result of the collaboration between the museum, the Superintendent of Pompeii and the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
Three different locations to trace the encounter between distant cultures, but historically related and intimately connected through the dialogue between Egyptian artifacts of the Pharaonic era and works of the Hellenistic-Republican and Imperial age which have received the iconography.
For the occasion of this exhibition, curated by Massimo Osanna, Marco Fabbri and Simon Connor, at the excavations of Pompeii the newly restored area of the Palestra Grande hosts monumental statues of the New Kingdom (XI-XVI sec. BC), heyday of the Egyptian civilization.
The magnificent seated statue of Pharaoh Thutmose I (XV cent. BC) was found in the temple of the god Amon at Karnak, and the seven colossal statues of Sekhmet (XIV c. BC), Egyptian god with a mysterious head representing a lion, who was considered devastating and dispenser of abundance at the same time, come from Thebes, the main religious center of that time.
The impressive granite sculptures - on loan from the permanent collection of the Egyptian Museum of Turin - give an extraordinary proof of the world of the Egyptian mythology, as well as representing the Pharaonic power at the time of the Eighteenth Dynasty.
Following in the footsteps of Egypt and Isis in Pompeii, the path continues through the halls of the exhibition, with the exhibition of the Aegyptiaca - artifacts and relics of ancient Egypt used in Campania from the eighth century BC as amulets – and an exciting original video installation to evoke cultural exchanges, religious and economic elapsed between Pompeii and Egypt by the end of the second century BC. The visit ends with fragments of frescoes from Pompeii depicting Nilotic scenes with pygmies and exotic animals.
On the path there is also a sculpture made by Nunzio (Untitled, 2015), the result of collaborative projects started by the Superintendency with the aim of developing the interaction between Pompeii and today’s world. An iconic symbol of contemporaneity, and also of his uninterrupted link with the ancient times, the statue - which opens the show - explores the expressive possibilities of matter and its relationship with light and space.
Outside, in the archaeological area, runs an Egyptian itinerary: from the Temple of Isis, among the best preserved buildings of Pompeii, many houses were decorated with Egyptian paintings, as the home of Pygmies, which opens for the first time to the public after the restoration that took place thanks to the funds of the Great Pompeii Project.
The Temple of Isis has been the subject of museological and multimedia exhibitions and panels with the reproduction of items like furniture, statues and frescoes that originally decorated the building and a video made by the Italian director Stefano Incerti, with the intention of representing all the suggestive power that it had when it was discovered.
To book a private tour of Pompeii and explore in more personal detail the Egypt-Pompeii connection you can click here, or call our office in Pompeii at +39 081 18777 006 (9 am to 6 pm Italy time).
Starting with the Facebook and Twitter profiles that since the 11th of April have been opened, there is also the Instagram page, (all three in Italian and in English). There will be a new website ready soon to provide new information and the reorganization of all the pages will make key sections of the website identifiable immediately and consistently. The goal is to improve accessibility, integrate and enhance the content, offering users both the most touristic aspect as well as institutional information. The new website will increasingly be the first point of entry to the ancient city and the main vehicle of information, as well as the new map and guide in eight languages.
The English Facebook page is “Pompeii Sites”. On this page visitors can post their own photos and videos, tag people and also locate others. People can also rate the site, leave comments, talk about their guided tours and share their experience.
Due to the unicity of the 140-character social media, on the Twitter account of the Superintendence of Pompeii (@pompeii_sites) users can interact with the staff. It will probably be a good opportunity to pose questions and receive information in a quick way. The account will retweet the more interesting and fascinating photos of the site, and the hashtag #pompeii is going to become very popular. With the Periscope app, it will be possible to see live events.
As previously written, there is also an Instagram account. Here, the users will be able to follow and see all the events that will take place in the ruins. Actually, users can see two photos only. The first one is a wallpaper, the second one is about a night time guided tour through the excavations. There are some virtual reality installations and multimedia productions that will be available by the end of April.
However, the development of the site is not only about social media. Among the most significant developments, there is the ID system with disposable bracelets that will be provided to visitors that will allow a temporary exit from the site, able to return by the same day through the four gates of Porta Marina, Piazza Esedra, Piazza Anfiteatro and Villa of Mysteries (something currently not possible). This is an important innovation because of the size of the site. In fact, this Unesco World Heritage site is 660,000 square meters large. Now visitors will be able to exit the ruins to have lunch or, maybe, to take some rest and then go back inside the site to make their tour more complete.
This is also a good opportunity to try restaurants, bars, bakeries and confectioneries of the new city of Pompeii. As many tourists know, Campania is widely famous to be a place where people can have a large variety of tasty and good quality food. Visitors will also have the chance to taste the local wine called Lacryma Christi, a type of wine produced on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, in a unique location.
Here’s the latest amazing news for all people who love music and want to visit Pompeii!
Forty-five years after Pink Floyd’s historic show in October 1971, better known with the name of “Live at Pompeii”, that was also captured on one of rock’s greatest concert movies, the band’s guitarist and singer David Gilmour will return to the Amphitheatre of Pompeii with two dates on July 8th and 9th. These concerts are part of his world tour "Rattle That Lock”.
Also, one of the most important British singers in the world, Sir Elton John, has chosen the same location for his third concert of 2016 in Italy, scheduled on July 12th, to showcase his new album "Wonderful Crazy Night". He is expected to play some tracks from his latest album as well as singing the classics from his repertoire.
The concert has not yet been listed on the 68-year-old entertainer's official website but is advertised online by D'Alessandro e Galli.
"Elton John in the most evocative setting, July 12, Pompeii", the promoter's website says.
In addition to the concert at Pompeii, the star has also confirmed two other shows in Italy. On July 15th he will play Piazza Colbert in Barolo, Piedmont and on July 16th he'll perform at Piazzola sul Brenta, in the region of Veneto.
The amphitheatre is the oldest stone building of its kind, built in 80 BC. Until 79 AD, when the city was buried by the erupting Mount Vesuvius, thousands of ancient Romans regularly crammed inside to watch gladiators do battle. Now you can go inside this spectacular building by planning a journey to Pompeii not only to do a visit inside one of the most famous archeological sites, but also to enjoy these two fantastic concerts planned in July.
Two great concerts which make the ancient city of Pompeii even more attractive as place to choose for your next summertime vacation!
David Gilmour, on his Facebook profile has wrote: "I want to thank the Ministry of Heritage and cultural activities and tourism, Dario Franceschini, for giving me the opportunity to once again play this beautiful and historic venue. Performing there in 1971 was very special and I'm looking forward to returning and hopefully creating some more memorable moments made even more special by playing to an audience". And Massimo Osanna, superintendent of Pompeii commented: "The return of Gilmour in Pompeii is an extraordinary event that the Superintendent and the Ministry has strongly backed. Pompeii, now more than ever at the height of its rebirth, is ready to welcome this great artist ".
So, what are you waiting for? Hurry up and organize your journey to Pompeii and don’t miss these extraordinary concerts!
You can book a walking tour or a guided tour of the ruins of Pompeii on our website directly or you can buy a package that includes a guided tour and the transportation, on the Acampora website, the main tour operator of the Sorrento Coast specializing in incoming tourism in Campania. Click the link below:
http://www.acamporatravel.it or call +39 081 532 97 11
Campania express: the fast way to get to Pompeii in short time
Everybody knows the ruins of Pompeii for their great reputation in which time has stopped on the famous night of 79 AD. Everybody would like to discover, at least once in their life, the wonders of a magical place like Pompeii. As you read, this article might be very interesting for all people who are planning their journey to Pompeii!
In fact, if you are going to Pompeii to join a guided tour or if you want to get to the ancient city for a walk immersed in the past of Greek and Roman cultures, now you can do this faster than before! So, a visit to Pompeii has never been easier than now because, from 20th March 2016 to 15th October 2016, the Campania Express, a special train that goes from Naples to Sorrento in 50 minutes, returns to increase the number of transports for tourists.
Organized by Campania Artecard and in collaboration with the EAV (Ente Autonomo Volturo), the new special route covers the Vesuvian area and the Sorrento coast: it starts, in fact, from Naples - Porta Nolana and arrives in Sorrento with stops in Naples - Piazza Garibaldi, Herculaneum and Pompeii - Villa of the Mysteries.
There will be 4 departures per day until 14th May. After this date they will provide 8 departures per day. All the trains are air-conditioned and there is the possibility to book your seats in advance too. Moreover, on board you can enjoy a welcome video and some photos to promote the cultural excellencies, the beauties of the area and the gastronomic delicacies. There are also multilingual help services planned for tourists.
The route of the Campania Express is particularly attractive from a tourist point of view, because it goes through the eastern area of Vesuvius. Passengers will be able to see on one side the famous volcano and on the other the spectacular coastline of the Campania coast, which includes the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrento Coast and the isles of Capri, Ischia and Procida.
The fare schedule is also more flexible this year with a variety of one-way and roundtrip options:
Napoli Sorrento € 15.00 roundtrip /€ 8.00 one-way
Napoli Herculaneum € 7.00 roundtrip /€ 4.00 one-way
Napoli Pompeii - Villa of Mysteries € 11.00 roundtrip /€ 6,00 one-way
Sorrento Pompeii - Villa of Mysteries € 7.00 roundtrip /€ 4.00 one-way
Sorrento Herculaneum € 11.00 roundtrip /€ 6.00 one-way
Herculaneum Pompeii - Villa of Mysteries € 7.00 roundtrip /€ 4.00 one-way
To purchase the tickets of the train you can go to the ticket office of the Circumvesuviana stations or on the official website of EAV clicking on the link below:
Moreover, if you are interested in buying a package tour that includes the train plus one of our special guided tours of Pompeii - with 3D virtual reality headsets - visit the Acampora Travel website, the main tour operator of the Sorrento Coast specializing in incoming tourism in Campania. Click the link below:
http://www.acamporatravel.it or call +39 081 532 97 11
The data of the report of Sunday the 3rd of April say Pompeii is the second most visited site in Italy (29,540 visitors in the monthly entrance-free day). In addition to the guided tours, many local visitors decided to reach the ancient city of Pompeii for a cultural Sunday.
In order to integrate the sightseeing tours, the cultural offer of the site is constantly changing and updating. To improve the experience of a full immersion in the past, from mid-April a multimedia experience will begin to slowly enter the archaeological site. Projections allow visitors to explore the functions of the buildings of the city, from the Forum to the Amphitheatre.
Some fixtures from the small former Antiquarium to the Theatre and the Temple of Isis will tell the story of the city buried by Vesuvius in 79 AD, its inhabitants, the relationship of the Pompeians with nature, food and death.
Moreover, one of the pillars of the new offer of Pompeii will be an exhibition of the Egyptian cults. In the middle of April, there will be an exhibition inspired by the land of the Pharaohs: seven monumental statues of granite of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet and the statue of Pharaoh Thutmose III will be exhibited in the Great Gym: those statues will be out of the Egyptian Museum of Turin for the first time and they are part in the exhibition "Myth and nature". The exhibition is integrated by a video installation. The Egyptian Museum - open in Turin in 1824 - is the oldest museum dedicated to the civilization that developed on the banks of the Nile and has the second largest collection of Egyptian antiquities of the World, as well as the most important outside of Egypt. In its nearly 200 years of history, the Museum has repeatedly transformed and renewed.
Inside the excavations it will be traced a path from the Egyptian Temple of Isis. In the Ekklesiasterion, the meeting hall, a video will show the cults of the goddess. Inside the temple visitors will see copies of frescos, statues and ritual objects.
The new routes include videos of the gladiatorial games projected on the criptoporticos of the Big and Small theaters. The video animations will be included in the evening itineraries.
A second project concerns the former Antiquarium of the excavations: now visitors will find a plastic of Pompeii in scale 1: 500 representing the Roman city as it was before the eruption of 79 AD.
Linked to former Antiquarium, there is the Imperial Villa. Here visitors will find a house in Pompeii with the relocation of accurate copies of all furnishings, furniture, household objects, statues, decorations, which were in a Roman house of the first century AD.
All these events are related to the Great Pompeii Project, which is an action of the Italian Government to increase the effectiveness of the interventions to protect the archaeological site of Pompeii through the elaboration of an extraordinary and urgent program of conservation work, prevention, maintenance and restoration.
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