Pompeii and  Herculaneum - Pompeii Director's Cut: Otium and Painting Walls

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Pompeii Director's Cut: Otium and Painting Walls

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(55 reviews)
Pompeii - private houses district, Pompeii and Herculaneum, Italy
45 mins

About the tour

What was life like in ancient Pompeii? How was living in a roman Domus? With this tour I will show you the secrets homes with superb painting walls and mosaics. Buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, and gradually disinterred from the middle of the 18th century, Pompeii is probably the world's most famous archaeological site. But what was life like for the Romans who lived there, pre-eruption? Painters and decorators did a roaring trade in Pompeii, transforming dark and often pokey interiors with a lavish coat of paint much as they do today. And we now have a precious glimpse of how the painters operated. Together we'll visit the house of Menander with its great example of intact atrium, tabling and peristilium. We'll talk about otium and life at Pompeii from the private side. I am so excited to show you this house and the entire area restored in 1990s by my Professor. Ready? Ciao!

Meet Raffaele- Archaeologist

Raffaele- Archaeologist

Raffaele is a Neapolitan Archaeologist with 13 years of field experience and he's an Official Tour Guide of the Region Campania. He has a BA in Archaeology, a master in Classical Archaeology and a Ph.D in Archeological Heritage. Also he works on archeological excavations in Naples and in March 2021 he discovered a roman villa built outside the ancient Pompeii. Since he was a child, he has always loved the ancient history of Greece and Rome as well as art from the Middle Ages to the 20th (1900s). His company Grand Tour Experience (www.grandtourexperience.com) runs tours and experiences through all Italy and organizes incentive travels or private events at uncommon and prestigious locations.- The municipality of City of Pompeii has awarded us the Prize for great and honorable guide and we are proud of it! (Oct 2019)- In September 2019 the Nobel Prize for Medicine 2011 Dr. B. Beutler was with us for a tour of Pompeii. He loves to meet new people!

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Pompeii and Herculaneum with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Sharon G.

02 September 2021



28 August 2021

Going to one of Raffaele's incredibly informative Pompeii tours is always amazing. Seeing this amazing site with an archeologist enhances the experience!

Joanne R.

25 August 2021

Another great tour with Raffaele., his passion and love for the location shines through and makes the tour more enjoyable. Lovely location with lots of postcard opportunities.

Scott B.

23 August 2021

Another excellent tour with Raffaele. He does not just show you Pompeii, he brings it alive, and makes it real.

Linda E.

23 August 2021

Stunning wall paintings, I had no idea how luxurious these houses could be.

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