Touring Exhibition Pompeii

Pompeii. Splendour and Death Under the Volcano

The Myth of Pompeii continues to attract millions of people even more than two thousand years after the night when Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, and Oplonti. The exhibition “Pompeii. Splendour and Death Under the Volcano” leads the visitor through an explorative journey along the myth of Pompeii.

Through 4 sections, the visitor is accompanied by Pliny the Elder, great scholar and scientist who lived first-hand the events of those fateful days, in the desperate attempt of saving the inhabitants escaping from the tragic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The exhibition brings also to light the latest discoveries that recent excavations in Pompeii have unearthed and it develops, from a geological and scientific perspective, the complex phenomena related to volcanism and bradyseism, still relevant today in the areas of the Gulf of Naples and of the Phlegraean Fields.

An extraordinary selection of original artworks from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, and from the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum including the Runner of the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum, or the Dancing Faun of the House of the Faun in Pompeii, are presented to visitors together with suggestive video-projections and immersive multimedia environments leading the audience back in time and into the streets of those marvelous cities.


  • The Expedition of Pliny the Elder
  • The Bay of Naples and its Territory
  • Pompeii: Daily Life, Religions, Art, Gardens
  • 79 CE: Sudden Death
  • Scientific Focus on Volcanism and Bradyseism


  • Archaeological Objects and Interactive Devices, including: frescoes, bronze and marble statues, golden jewelry, mosaics.
  • Interpretive Graphic Panels
  • Video&Multimedia
  • Catalogue


On show the latest evidence of recent excavations in Pompeii through world-famous original artworks from the National Archeological Museum of Naples, Pompeii, and Herculaneum.



Exhibition Views

Original artworks

Still Life with Fish and Other Animals

1st century BCE


1st century CE

Patera with Dionysian Motifs

1st century CE
Cameo Glass

Dancing Faun

1st century CE

Cup with Scene of Iside Cult

1st century CE

Sleeping Satyr

1st century CE

Fresco Depicting a Ship Battle

62 – 79 CE

Pantea Hand of Sabazio

1st century CE

Portrait of Vespasian

1st century CE

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