Pompeii/Herculaneum Without the Museum?

Old Jun 16th, 2004, 04:25 PM
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Pompeii/Herculaneum Without the Museum?

I've learned that the only day my cruise will be docked in Naples is a Tuesday -- the day the National Archaeological Museum is closed. Will there be plenty of things to see at the Pompeii and Herculaneum sites themselves? I was under the impression that virtually all of the artifacts are housed within the museum. Thanks!
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 05:35 PM
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It's true that most of the frescos from Pompeii have been moved to the Naples museum, but the town of Pompeii is still where it was 2000yrs ago! Check out Pompeii & Herculaneum's official website to get a better idea of what they are like:
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 05:38 PM
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Pompeii is not to be missed. I was impressed with Pompeii and did not go to the musuem in Naples. You will love it. I did not go to Herculaneum, but have read interesting reports. Go for it and you will be happy. Plus it is outside.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 05:47 PM
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Yipper, would you happen to know if there is a night tour of Pompeii? I read about it a while ago and it sounded interesting but I have been unable to find out if it is still running. Thanks.

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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 07:29 PM
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Hi Songdoc,
Plenty to see at Pompeii--get a guide or a book. We had a private guide and it was wonderful. Sorry you will miss the museum but there is a wonderful fresco that is almost complete in the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii. Do a little advance study and you will find out about this. Happy traavels!
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 07:34 PM
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We were lucky enough to go the musuem first, then Herculaneum and next Pompeii. The museum is certainly worthwhile, but Pompeii will give you a good sense of Roman life by itself.
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Old Jun 16th, 2004, 07:36 PM
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I did go to the museum and was not impressed. There weren't near as many artifacts as I expected. In three days we visited Pompeii, the National Archaeological Museum and Herculaneum.

I would definitely choose Pompeii over the museum. It's incredible. We used a guide and I would do that again also.

Some of the pictures we took are at pbase.com/cjw/pompeii if you are interested. You can click on the first picture to see it screen size and then click on "next"
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Old Jun 18th, 2004, 05:11 AM
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Agree. We saw all three. While the museum was interesting, there were plenty of wall paintings and mosaics still in place at the sites along with statue decorations one of the baths. I don't think most people would feel cheated by not seeing the museum.
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Old Jun 18th, 2004, 05:20 AM
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Hi doc,

I suggest that you look at the miniguides to Naples at www.fodors.com or www.frommers.com.

There is much worth seeing in the city. You might want to do only a half day at the archaeolgical sites.
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Old Jun 18th, 2004, 06:55 AM
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Thank you all so much for the info (and Sundowner, for the photos). I feel much better now about going to the sites -- without the museum. Looks like it should be terrific!
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Old Jun 18th, 2004, 07:16 AM
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Marianna - The 'Pompei by Night' tour operates 4 nights per week (Wednesday-Saturday). It starts at 21.30 and lasts an hour.

The tour is in English on Wednesdays.

From Sept 2nd it starts an hour earlier at 20.30.

Ticket price: € 24
(For Artecard holders: € 21)

For information & booking:

Hope this helps ...

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