While many of the public buildings of the Roman Empire – its theatres, amphitheatres, baths and temples – have survived, and often in good condition, its private homes have all but disappeared, leaving only the occasional and very fragmentary vestige. This makes the condition of the houses buried under the ash of Vesuvius in 79AD all the more astonishing.

They bear vivid witness to the remarkable modernity of urban life in Campania at the time, whether by their amenities (running water, heating, sewerage, integrated gardens) or by their utensils and objects.

This exhibition takes visitors into a typical domus pompeiana, guiding you through the main rooms of Pompeian home: the atrium, the triclinium and the culina, the peristyle around the garden, the balneum and the venereum. These are furnished and decorated with two-hundred pieces from Pompeii and other sites around Vesuvius.

For a moment, enjoy the illusion of travelling back 2,000 years as the guests of a Pompeian household.

This exhibition has been made possible by an agreement between the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali, and in particular the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei, and the Fondation Dina Vierny-Musée Maillol