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What to see: visit Pompeii and Stabia

Deciding to stay in Pompeii means making an endless journey into history without ever leaving the present. It does not seem strange at all to feel like a traveler lost in the maze of time and probably will have the feeling of living a waking dream.

In Pompeii there is everything. History, traditions, social life, mystery. By the way, take a look at Villa dei Misteri,that recently re-opened its doors to the public. The frescoes that decorate the rooms are an ancient cult, perhaps Dionysian. For scholars dispute it is still open.

The discovery of his excavations is an intriguing journey that continues to the nearby cities of Oplonti, Herculaneum, Boscoreale all united by the eruption of Vesuvius in ’79 BC, ash and lapilli have allowed that these places have been received for almost intact for posterity. Behind a tragedy that cost thousands of lives nature works in mysterious ways, first stepmother, mother and guardian of valuable artifacts.

Remember that moving to Pompeii is simple. If you are driving and you fear to not find a suitable place to stop, no panic: in the city there are many parking lots in the area adjacent to the Sanctuary, next to the archaeological site.

Discovering Pompeii

Here are a few suggestions if you have decided to spend a week relaxing in the shadow of Vesuvius. I’ll take you through the ancient sun-kissed  ruins  at the discovery of monuments and sites, and then will be the turn of Castellammare di Stabia. It will be like a little dream suspended between land and sea.

House of geometric mosaics

This domus of more than 60 rooms, combines two houses dating from the second or third century BC, and is located in the south-west of Pompeii excavations, in position overview. It is characterized by a very large entrance that introduces a number of environments including the peristyle.

When you come in this old house stop to observe the mosaic floors with geometric patterns in black and white, they are a true work of art, result of skilled hands of ancient craftsmen of  Pompeii.

House of the Surgeon

It is one of the oldest buildings of the city, inside were found about forty surgical tools in iron and bronze preserved now in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. It was discovered in 1770 in the Bourbon period, the first area to see the light after the eruption of 79 BC was the large garden.

The front is built of limestone blocks, while the interior walls are by frame. The atrium overlooking the garden leads to the rooms dedicated to daily activities: the kitchen with a fireplace and bathrooms. The most interesting room is a room with windows that let the sunlight that normally illuminates the frescoed walls. Evocative representation of a woman intent on painting Dionysus on a canvas supported by a cupid.

Suburban baths

The baths are located in the north western part of Pompeii, near the Porta Marina along the walls. The building is on two levels: the lower one was reserved at the spa, while the upper one consisted of rooms that enjoyed a wonderful sea view. You enter the building from Via Marina that opens onto the garden where there are the two entrances to the spa.

Once these places were filled with fumes and ointments. Two pools were ready to welcome the citizens of Pompeii and to lift them from their labors: a hot and a cold water supply with mosaic walls and a niche from which sprang a waterfall. In the cold room locker is frescoed by erotic paintings.

Discovering Castellammare di Stabia

Not only Pompeii and Herculaneum, also Castellammare di Stabia has its excavations. Stabiae was a Roman city buried by ash and lapilli during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 BC

It grows in the heart of today’s city of Castellammare di Stabia, although a little ‘higher, precisely where there is the Varano hill, theater of the early findings. While Pompeii and Herculaneum was a residential city, Stabiae instead was a place devoted primarily to the resort, but the archaeological area is smaller than the two neighboring towns.

So much luxury, luxurious residential villas in Stabiae were the norm, even if it lacked some rustic villa. The finds have seen the light for the first time in 1749. It was then during the reign of Charles of Bourbon, who became aware of the enormous significance of this finding, but it was not until 1950 to assist in a systematic and orderly development of Archaeological excavations.

This year also the German chancellor Angela Merkel has decided to take a visit to the ancient Stabiae, before his usual time of peace and relaxation in the neighboring island of Ischia. Archaeological excavations to date can be visited only in part. The only complexes are open to the public Villa Arianna, Villa San Marco and the Second Complex.

Villa Arianna

A painting depicting the myth of Ariadne abandoned by Theseus gives its name to this huge villa of otium. Located at the west end of the Varano hill, it is in a panoramic position. It was excavated between 1757 and 1762 under the guidance of the archaeologist Kar Weber. Part of the building is still buried in the future still many artifacts and treasures may come to light.

The excavated area covers 2500 square meters. The overall appearance was reconstructed from Bourbon maps that outline both the cores buried and those visited. There are four main areas of the villa: service areas and thermal environments on either side of the summer triclinium, dating back to the reign of Nero; the large gymnasium attached to the villa in the Flavian.

If you are fond of history and art you will remain severely affected by the frescoed walls almost life-size: show scenes related to mythology inspired by Dionysus. The floors are mosaic motifs in black and white.

Villa San Marco

Located on the edge of a hill owes its name to the chapel built inside in 1700 Explored in the Bourbon period, was excavated between 1950 and 1962. It is a typical residential villa with swimming pool and garden, offers a glimpse of the luxurious life that They lived wealthy citizens of Castellammare di Stabia.

The entry is still buried, but it led to the spa district, characterized by hot room, cold room and a tepidarium. The representation of the environment is very sumptuous with marble walls and painted the bottom at the top.

Second complex in Castellammare di Stabia

This building is connected to Villa Arianna, and it can be accessed just by the latter. It came to light for the first time in 1762, thanks to research by Karl Weber in 1775 and Pietro la Vega in 1967, exploration continued under the direction of Libero D’Orsi. The peristyle opens onto a porch introducing a different environment with panoramic sea views.

On the west side there is a fish pond with reeds lead and jets. The south area of the house is closed to the public but it has a portico with columns behind which stands the spa district. In the north develop the local dedicated to daily activities: the dining room and the bedroom. The walls have a background in black and white in the third style.

Relax at the sea

After the visit to the ruins, you can relax by the sea. Castellammare di Stabia is full of beaches and shores. If your desire is to walk on the soft and golden sand give yourself a bath in crystal clear water, the beach Plaja.

If you are looking for a pebble beach in the Petrolo, in Marina Grande, in Guidaloca you could meet your taste of expert swimmer. Last but not least the beach of Scopello, famous for its stacks, is the oasis of peace ideal  to regenerate body and soul.

If you are in Naples to get to Castellammare di Stabia You have several options, you can take the Circumvesuviana direction Naples / Sorrento and get off at Via Nocera to reach the archaeological area in 20 minutes.

By car walk along the A3, to reach its destination it will take about 40 minutes. Would you like to reach Castellammare di Stabia from Pompeii? By car it will take very little time, about 15 minutes through the SS 145.

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Pompeii at Castellammare di Stabia a long journey through beauty and history, if you have any questions or curiosity leave it in the comments or contact us here.

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