City Orientation Walk, Pompei

Once, almost 2,000 years ago, the prosperous city of Pompeii 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, Pompeii is well worth seeing. Take this orientation walk down Pompeii streets, and enjoy the most popular sights of Pompei.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Pompei (See other walking tours in Pompei)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 20
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: Ella

1) Basilica (must see)

The Basilica stands on the left hand side of a large square, which has the Forum at its centre. It is the oldest Roman Basilica ever discovered, and has stood here since the 2nd century BC. This was one of Pompeii’s most important buildings, housing the town’s law courts, as well as halls for commercial and financial transactions. The main entrance was located on one of the building’s two short sides, behind a portico. The portico contains 28 columns, which are made of cut tiles. There is...   view more
Temple of Apollo

2) Temple of Apollo (must see)

The Temple of Apollo stands next to the Forum in the historic heart of Pompeii. It is thought to have been the most important religious building in the city for much of its history, and certainly during Greek and Samnite rule. The cult of Apollo, a Greek congregation who worshipped Apollo, son of Zeus and God of light, knowledge and the sun, drew a great many followers in Campania from the 6th century BC onwards.

The temple gained its present form in the 2nd century BC, and was a central...   view more
Forum Granary (storage of artifacts)

3) Forum Granary (storage of artifacts)

The Forum Granary is situated near the Forum and the Temple of Jupiter, and initially it was a grain and product market. Now, it’s used as a storage of artifacts, including large number of amphorae, carts, pottery, clay ware and many petrified victims, among which there is a pig and a dog. This building had many shops and storage rooms and probably wasn’t finished by the time of the catastrophic...   view more

4) Forum (must see)

The Forum, a feature present in many Roman settlements, was a public space found at the centre of Pompeii. It stands in the middle of a square, which contains several of the town’s most significant buildings. From the southern end of the forum, moving clockwise, there are the Basilica, the Temple of Apollo, the grain and food markets, the sanctuary, the temple of Vespasian, the building of Eumachia, and the Comitium.

It is safe to assume that the Forum was at one time the centre of Pompeii....   view more

5) Macellum (must see)

The Macellum of Pompeii was built alongside the Forum, in order to provide further space for the city’s growing central market. The existing building was constructed in approximately 130 BC, replacing the original macellum building. Built around a central courtyard, the north and south sides both hold twelve separate units for the sale of foodstuffs.

Upon discovering the large, columned building, archaeologists at first believed it to be a pantheon – a central temple for the worship of...   view more
Forum Baths

6) Forum Baths (must see)

The Forum Baths are one of four bath houses discovered in the ruined city of Pompeii. Along with the Central, Stabian and Suburban Baths, they have given a fascinating insight into the importance of public baths in Roman life. With little in the way of bathing facilities found inside private dwellings, it appears that bathing in these buildings would have been a daily ritual for many citizens. The Forum Baths were not the largest or most decorated in the city, but survived the 62 AD earthquake...   view more
Temple of Fortuna Augusto

7) Temple of Fortuna Augusto (must see)

The Temple of Fortuna Augusto stands on the corner of via del Foro and via della Fortuna. It was built by Marcus Tullius, a wealthy local benefactor and relative of Cicero. Tullius even appointed a minister for the cult, which worshipped the then Roman Emperor, Augustus Caesar. When Augustus died, the temple began worshipping his successor, and continued to worship whoever claimed the title of emperor.

The temple, like many Roman places of worship, kept religious statues in its cella. Each...   view more
Bakery and Vicolo Storto

8) Bakery and Vicolo Storto (must see)

Pompeii’s largest bakery is located in the Vicolo Storto area, a market place area similar to the Forum, which is also known for housing the only known brothel in the city. The building is one of a remarkable thirty five mills and bakeries discovered in the ruins of Pompeii; by contrast, no other sufficiently preserved Roman bakeries have been recovered anywhere else in the world. The bakeries of Pompeii therefore give us a unique insight into the advanced milling industry possessed by the...   view more
House of the Golden Cupids

9) House of the Golden Cupids (must see)

The House of the Golden Cupids was first excavated between 1903 and 1905. It is situated on the via del Vesuvio, and is believed to have been owned by Gnaeus Poppaeus Habitus, a wealthy local figure. Hidden behind an unremarkable façade, the house is renowned for several ornate third style artworks discovered on its walls. Dating from the end of the reign of Augustus Caesar, the third style is defined by delicate, colourful frescoes, influenced by Egyptian art.

The walls of the house feature...   view more
Central Baths

10) Central Baths (must see)

The Central Baths are located on the corner of two main streets in Pompeii – via Stabiana and via di Nola. They were built as part of the city’s regeneration plans following the earthquake of AD 62, and may have replaced a destroyed building on this site. The relative modernity of the building is shown in the use of skylights and a larger outdoor gymnasium – hallmarks of later Roman bathhouses.

The baths were designed with many of the features found in most Roman bathhouses. They...   view more

11) Brothel/Lupanareum (must see)

The Lupanar is the largest brothel within Pompeii. It is located close to the Forum, on via del Lupanare, a street which bears its name. Whilst it has been established that prostitution was in existence during the Roman era, there has been some debate over the prevalence of brothels in a settlement like Pompeii. A number of homes and bath houses in the city featured erotic artworks on their walls. Early excavators initially believed any building with erotic frescoes to have been a brothel.

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Stabian Baths

12) Stabian Baths (must see)

The Stabian Baths are the oldest bath complex discovered in Pompeii. Covering 3500 square metres, they are also the largest in the city. Located on Via Stabiana, like the nearby Forum Baths, they are divided into men’s and women’s facilities. The two newer baths in Pompeii, the Central and Suburban Baths, both had one large changing facility.

At the entrance to the baths, there is a courtyard, which would have been used as a gymnasium. The yard is surrounded on three sides by colonnades,...   view more
Temple of Isis

13) Temple of Isis (must see)

The Temple of Isis is a small Roman temple, though unusually, it is a place of worship for an Egyptian goddess. Isis was worshipped in Ancient Egypt as a form of universal mother goddess, benevolent to all in Egyptian society. She became worshipped by many Roman communities, particularly those, like Pompeii, which had strong trade links with Egypt. One of the first buildings discovered in the excavation of 1764, its origins were revealed upon the discovery of an inscription one year later.

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Great Theater and Quadroporticus

14) Great Theater and Quadroporticus (must see)

The Quadriporticus is a large four sided courtyard, flanked by colonnaded buildings. It resembles a larger version of the peristyle courtyards found in most Roman dwellings. There is some uncertainty over the function of the buildings here, although it is known that portions of the complex were used as barracks for the town’s gladiators. The courtyard was also used by the gladiators for training exercises, and was ideally located immediately next to the Great Theatre, where gladiatorial games...   view more

15) Theater (must see)

Pompeii’s theatre was known as the Large Theatre during its use, to differentiate it from the Odeion, a nearby arena. The theatre was built in the 2nd century BC in the style of ancient Greek amphitheatres. Set in a natural indentation in the land, the theatre features tiered stone seating on sloping sides, leading to a central horseshoe shaped performance area. During the reign of Augustus Caesar the theatre reached its peak, being refurbished and extended by the Holconius brothers. They were...   view more
House of Menander

16) House of Menander (must see)

The House of Menander is a large villa, built in the Classical Greek style. It is located in the southern half of the city centre, close to the Large Theatre and Stabian Baths. An unusually large property so close to public amenities, it is believed that the owner, who remains a mystery, may have been one of Pompeii’s wealthiest residents. It is notable for the large columns in the peristyle, a hallmark of the Doric style of classical architecture.

It is also entirely possible that the...   view more
House of Julius Polybius

17) House of Julius Polybius

The House of Julius Polybius is located on the north side of the Via dell’ Abbondanza. Only fully excavated in 1978, it has two entrances from the street which lead into two separate parts of the house. The western side, which once had an upper story but is disconnected from the peristyle at the centre of the house, is believed to have been used as servants’ quarters. The eastern side was used by the owner, named in an elaborate fresco as C. Julius Polybius.

The house features artworks in...   view more
Great Palaestra

18) Great Palaestra (must see)

The Great Palaestra is a large rectangular building, flanked by porticoes on three sides, with a pool at its centre. Like many buildings in the city, it was commissioned under the empire of Augustus Caesar. It was used as an exercise complex by the youth associations which he set up, a Roman version of the youth branches of political parties we still see today. There was even a room, in the centre of the western portico, set aside for worship of the emperor. Behind the portico, a double row of...   view more
House of the Venus in Shell

19) House of the Venus in Shell (must see)

The House of the Venus Marina is a domus horne – a dwelling designed for a single family. It is typical of the more conventional dwellings found in Pompeii, alongside the larger, more heavily decorated villas owned by the wealthy. More compact and understated than the other notable houses found in Pompeii, it is still centred around an atrium and peristyle. This suggests that these features were present in all Roman architecture, and not reserved for the wealthy alone.

The house has earned...   view more

20) Amphitheater (must see)

The Pompeii Amphitheatre is the oldest building of its kind to have survived from the Roman era. Pompeii houses many of the best preserved examples of Roman architecture, after the city was buried under volcanic ash for almost 2000 years. The Amphitheatre, one of Pompeii’s most well known attractions, predates the Coliseum in Rome by over a century. It is believed that the success of the Pompeii Amphitheatre, the first stone arena built within the Roman Empire, was the inspiration for a larger...   view more

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.
Tour of Pompeii Places of Worship

Tour of Pompeii Places of Worship

The true age of Pompeii can be determined through the temples and places of worship found there. They provide us the clearest picture of the cultural life of Pompeii 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
Old City Self Guided Tour I

Old City Self Guided Tour I

Due to the quick and unexpected death of the city of Pompeii, 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
Pompeii Ancient Life Tour

Pompeii Ancient Life Tour

Pompeii is a prosperous ancient town that was buried under ashes from Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. The disaster perfectly preserved some of Pompeii'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
Historic Places of Pompeii

Historic Places of Pompeii

One of the most visited places in Italy, Pompeii 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 Pompeii.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Old City Self Guided Tour II

Old City Self Guided Tour II

2,000 years on, the secrets of Pompeii 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 Pompeii and its citizens alive. Take this tour and discover the town once buried under the thick layer of ash.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km