This article has the purpose to put in evidence all the newest openings that you can admire during 2017 in Pompeii. So, before planning a journey to Pompeii, enjoy this helpful reading!
The House of Obellius Firmus (Regio IX, Insula 14, n. 3-4) is one of the largest houses in Pompeii. Once, an aristocratic family lived there and its last owner was M. Obellius Firmus. A clear sign of its wealth is the iron and bronze strongbox, which was discovered in the atrium and is now exposed there.
The House of Marcus Lucretius Fronto (Regio V, Insula 4) is an elegant dwelling dating back to the II century BC. As the inscriptions on the façade suggest, the owner was probably Marcus Lucretius Fronto, a brilliant politician. The house has remarkable frescoes inside.
The House of the Small Lupanar (Regio IX, Insula 5, n. 16) is now open for the first time ever. This building might have been an inn, where in the spaces intended for the innkeeper and his family, there was a secluded room for the purchase of sexual services. Actually, the erotic pictures decorating the room prove its function and probably aimed to advertise the sexual services offered.
The House of Vettii (Regio VI, Insula 15, n. 1), as already said in a previous article here on our blog, is one of the richest and most famous houses in Pompeii. Now tourists may visit the entrance, the atrium with the surrounding cubicula, the triclinium with the wonderful set of mythological frescoes. Once, the atrium had bronze strongboxes on the either side and their rich decorations symbolise the wealth of the house. Now, one of them comes back to its original location. The house was under the protection of Priapus, who is represented with an oversized phallus on the right of the room. The picture is on view again, after the restoration. The god represented the wealth of the two owners, the brothers Aulus Vettius Restitutus and Conviva, who were freed slaves, who got rich thanks to their trade.
The House of Adonis is best-known for the set of frescoes representing Adonis dying in the arms of Venus.
The House of the Anchor (Regio VI, Insula 7, n. 18) overlooks via di Mercurio and was built around the second half of the II century BC. The House is named after the anchor depicted in the mosaic at the entrance. This dwelling has an original layout compared to traditional layouts in Pompeii architecture. The house is actually set on two levels in the shape of a L, at different heights, including a reception room and a garden with a covered portico.
The House of the Labyrinth is named after the mosaics of its portico. In this house there are thermal baths and a space intended for the production of bread.
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