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In the year 79 AD, the Ancient Roman city of Pompeii was buried almost instantly when a volcanic eruption sent more than 6 meters of debris raining down over the city. Many of the citizens were caught in the eruption and died when trying to flee from the city. Those who were lucky enough to flee the city did so in a hurry, which meant that they had to leave most of their belongings behind. The fact that almost everything was abandoned by the citizens means that the excavation site holds a vast number of artefacts, and it has given archaeologists a unique insight into how everyday life was in the Roman Empire.

After the city was buried, it was forgotten and remained untouched for almost 2000 years. The geographic placement of the ancient city has preserved the buildings, art, everyday tools and other artefacts in amazing condition, not found anywhere else in the world.

The Pompeii excavation site is vast, and we suggest that you spend at least an entire day there. The excavation site is easily reached by train, and travelling by high speed train allows you to get from Rome to Pompeii and back again in the same day while still having a full day at the site.

The guide

The guide to Pompeii will lead you through the entire museum/excavation site. The guide includes description of 58 buildings, and will provide a variety of functions.

GPS controlled area map

The guide to Pompeii uses a GPS powered map, that will give you an overview of the site. Also, if you allow GPS tracking, then the guide will show your exact position in the excavation site.

Description of 58 buildings

All the 58 excavated buildings, in the Pompeii excavation, are described in the guide. The description are given in text that can be read out loud to you using TTS (automatic text to speech functionality) and it includes pictures from present day, markings of the specific building on a map and 3D models or sketches of what the buildings used to look like.

The background history of Pompeii

The guide provides a detailed description covering the entire known history span of Pompeii, from the first settlement to present day.

Route planner

By using the route planner, you can put together your own personal version of the guided tour through the excavation site.

Suggested route

The guide to Pompeii also suggests a tour of “the highlights”. This is Excavations Guides suggestions of what to see when visiting Pompeii. However, we recommend that you plan your own guided to by using the route planner.

Audio guide

By using TTS, short for “Text To Speech” the guide will read the texts in the app out loud to you, and thereby act as an audio guide. The functionality uses your device’s building TTS voice, meaning that the size of the guide app to Pompeii is kept low.

For more information about the guide

Please see the extensive description of the different functionality available in the guided tour app for the Pompeii by checking out our “Guide description”.

The buildings

  • Surburban baths.
  • Porta Marina.
  • Temple Of Venus.
  • Temple Of Apollo.
  • Basilica.
  • Forum.
  • Fountain of plenty.
  • Building of Eumachia.
  • Temple Of Vespasian.
  • Macellum.
  • Temple of Jupiter.
  • The Celebratory Arches.
  • Forum Baths.
  • Temple Of Fortuna Augusta.
  • House Of The Faun.
  • House of the Small Fountain.
  • House Of The Tragic Poet.
  • House of Dioscuri.
  • House Of Meleager.
  • House Of Apollo.
  • House Of Sallust.
  • House Of The Surgeon.
  • Porta Ercolano.
  • Necropolis Of Porta Ercolano.
  • Villa Of Diomedes.
  • Villa Of The Mysteries.
  • Necropolis Of Porta Vesuvio.
  • Castellum Acquae.
  • House Of The Golden Cupids.
  • House Of The Vettii.
  • House Of The Ancient Hunt.
  • Bakery – Pistrinum.
  • Brothel (Lupanar).
  • Stabian Baths.
  • Triangular Forum.
  • Doric Temple.
  • Large Theatre.
  • Quadriporticus Of The Theatres.
  • Small Theatre also called Odêion.
  • Temple Of Aesclepius.
  • Temple Of Isis.
  • House Of Menander.
  • House Of Ceii.
  • Fullery Of Stephanus.
  • House Of The Lararium Of Archilles.
  • Electoral Slogans.
  • Thermopolium Of Vetutius Placidus.
  • House Of Julius Polybius.
  • House Of The Ship Europa.
  • Garden Of The Fugitives.
  • House Of The Garden Of Hercules (or of the perfumer).
  • House Of Octavius Quartio.
  • House Of Venus In A Seashell
  • Amphitheatre.
  • Large Palaestra.
  • Necropolis Of Porta Nocera.
  • Porta Nocera And City Walls.
  • Necropolis Of Porta Nola.

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