House of the Surgeon, Pompei

House of the Surgeon, Pompei

Casa del Chirurgo, or the House of the Surgeon, is located close to the Pompei city walls, adjacent to the Herculaneum gate. It lies on the northwestern edge of the city, metres from the Villas of Diomedes and the Mysteries. It gained its name from a number of surgical tools found during its excavation by Frances la Vega in 1770. These discoveries have given a fascinating insight into the medical advancements of the Roman Empire. Whilst it is believed that life expectancy was relatively low, most citizens had access to clean water, and the tools discovered here compare to those still in use as recently as the 19th century.

The House of the Surgeon is believed to be one of Pompei’s oldest buildings. It is built in the Italic style rather than the Hellenic form of architecture seen elsewhere in the city. It is believed that the Hellenic style did not become popular in this area until the 2nd century BC. The house is the oldest Italic style building found in Pompei, and indeed the entire region of Campania. The layout, which is believed to have changed little throughout its long existence, features several small rooms arranged around a central atrium.

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House of the Surgeon on Map

Sight Name: House of the Surgeon
Sight Location: Pompei, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Pompei, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Pompei

Create Your Own Walk in Pompei

Creating your own self-guided walk in Pompei is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historic Places of Pompei

Historic Places of Pompei

One of the most visited places in Italy, Pompei is a prosperous ancient city of merchants that in 79 AD was buried under ashes and cinders from Vesuvius volcano. Because of that disaster, many fragments of antiquity were preserved and are now brought back to life. Don't hesitate to spend a few hours of your time to explore the historic places and the open-air museum of Pompei.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Pompei Introduction Walk

Pompei Introduction Walk

Once, almost 2,000 years ago, the prosperous city of Pompei was buried under the ash from Vesuvius and this preserved its historic and cultural treasures for hundreds of years. Rich in archaeological and historic sites, Pompei is well worth seeing. Take this orientation walk down Pompei streets, and enjoy the most popular sights of Pompei.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Pompei Ancient Life Tour

Pompei Ancient Life Tour

Pompei is a prosperous ancient town that was buried under ashes from Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. The disaster perfectly preserved some of Pompei's artifacts can now tell us about the daily life and traditions of its citizens. Follow this self-guided tour to explore the town houses and learn more about the life of its inhabitants.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Tour of Pompei Places of Worship

Tour of Pompei Places of Worship

The true age of Pompei can be determined through the temples and places of worship found there. They provide us the clearest picture of the cultural life of Pompei citizens. Take this tour and discover the remnants of places of worship of the various cults practiced in the ancient city that laid buried in ash and clinker from the Vesuvius eruption since 79 AD.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Old City Self Guided Tour II

Old City Self Guided Tour II

2,000 years on, the secrets of Pompei have not been fully revealed until today. Wonderful pieces of art have been found in the excavations of the ancient town. Enjoy the view of Vesuvius and touch the preserved walls, which keep the memories of Pompei and its citizens alive. Take this tour and discover the town once buried under the thick layer of ash.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Old City Self Guided Tour I

Old City Self Guided Tour I

Due to the quick and unexpected death of the city of Pompei, it has become a window into the past, which shows us the way people lived back in the 1st century A.D. Roman Empire. Take this tour to discover the preserved sights of the ancient city -- the details of its public, private and cultural life.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles