Scuderie del Quirinale
Via XXIV Maggio 16, Rome
Call center +39 02-92897722
When: 2019, 11 October – 2020, January 6
The exhibition gives an extraordinary comparison between two ancient sites, linked by an identical fate. Two whole human settlements buried by eruptions, along with their ideals, their beliefs, their cultures. Visitors will go back in time, in a journey through History, full of Surprise and rich in Beauty.
On 79 AD, the rain of ashes from the Vesiuvius volcano sealed the ancient town along with the complexity of its daily life.
The cities and their citizens remained exactly as they had that summer day, frozen in time under layers of ash for over a thousand years.
The disaster remained in people’s minds for many years but was eventually forgotten, until the exploration of the ancient site started in an area called ‘Civita’, in 1748.
The escavations give us the rooms of the domus and the thermal baths, the furnishings and even corpses plaster casts.
There is ample documentation of the Roman house in Pompeii, from modest dwellings to large and magnificent villas with sumptuous decorations.
Everything tells us about a distant world, yet very close.
Nowadays Pompeii is one of the most important archaeological site in the world.
On the the other side of Mediterrean Sea, Akrotiri settlement in Santorini was discovered only in 1967. Akrotiri was a Bronze Age settlement located on the south west of the island of Santorini. Akrotiri’s was really a wealthy city. Paved streets, an extensive drainage system, the production of high quality pottery, and further craft specialization all point to the level of sophistication achieved by the settlement. This all came to an end, however, by the middle of the 2 nd century B.C. with the volcanic eruption of Thera.
Although the powerful eruption destroyed Akrotiri, it also managed to preserve the city, very much like that done by Vesuvius to Pompeii.
The eruption deeply signed social and political balance in the Mediterranean. Escavatios has returned, buried under volcanic ash, buildings, frescoes and ceramic supplies.
Explore the city where time stopped on 79AD