Evening visits to Pompeii and Ercolano

Every Saturday evening, from the 7th of May to the 1st of October, Pompei and Ercolano can be visited at night, from 8pm to 11pm, with the last entrance at 10pm. This initiative is promoted by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, together with the Superintendence of Pompeii, which allow for the extraordinary evening openings of the sites. The ticket costs € 2.  
 
The visit to the site now comprises the Antiquarium, a building that was built in the nineteenth century, yet compromised by the bombings in 1943 and then by the earthquake in 1980. It has now been reopened after 36 years, and it hosts a multimedia exhibition which guides visitors through the history of Pompeii: its origins and details about the everyday life in the site until 79 d.C. Digital media have been employed to create a three-dimensional reconstruction of the city at the time of the eruption, while through augmented reality projections it is possible to observe detailed maps of the most important areas of the city. In the Sacra Pompeiana area it is possible to see findings from urban sanctuaries (Doric Temple and Apollo’s Temple) and from extra-urban sanctuaries (Sanctuary of Sant’Abbondio and Sanctuary of Fondo Iozzino). From Viale delle Ginestre it will be possible to access the Quadriporticus of the Theatres, where media installations will allow the visitors to understand what it meant to witness the gladiators fight inside the Great Theatre and the Odeion.  
Entrance: Piazza Esedra – Ticket office closes at 10pm.
 
 
Ercolano can be visited thanks to the guidance of the archaeological team of Vesuvius, who will accompany visitors to discover the findings kept in the Padiglione della Barca, which include the ship found on the ancient beach of Ercolano. From here it will be possible to reach the area of the Fornici, where 300 civilians tried to find shelter during the eruption, and which offers the view of the ancient coastline. The visit ends on the terrace of Nonio Balbo, which used to be a unique viewpoint of the city.

Visits will start at 8.10pm through the entrance of Corso Resina, with a maximum of 300 visitors. The ticket office will close at 10pm. 
 
Visits will be organized in groups. The municipality of Ercolano has dedicated two parking areas to visitors, which can be accessed from via IV November.
 
Booking is not allowed.  


 
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