House of the Vettii
Located in region VI near the Vesuvian gate, the House of the Vettii is a Domus named after its owners, Aulus Vettius Restitutus and Aulus Vettius Conviva. The house was carefully excavated which has helped preserve most of the wall frescoes that feature the Pompeian Fourth Style. The House of the Vettii is amongst the largest Domus in Pompeii, covering the entire southern part of block 15.
Villa dei Misteri
An ancient Roman villa located on the outskirts of Pompeii, the Villa of the Mysteries is renowned for featuring a series of beautiful frescos. Located in one room, these frescos showcase a young woman being initiated into a Greco-Roman mystery cult, giving the villa its name. Excavation work was undertaken from 1909 and most of the villa was recovered.
Temple of Apollo
Dedicated to the Greek and Roman god Apollo, the Temple of Apollo was built in 120 BC and is located in the forum. One of the most important religious buildings in the town, the Temple of Apollo is a peripteros with 48 Ionic columns, located atop a high podium with an imposing set of steps and a beautiful medley of Greek and Italian architecture.
The House of the Tragic Poet
Famous for its elaborate mosaic floors and frescoes portraying scenes from Greek mythology, the House of the Tragic Poet dates back to the 2nd century BCE. The Roman house was discovered by archeologist Antonio Bonucci in November 1824 and while the exteriors are decidedly plain, the interiors feature frescoes of the highest quality.
The most famous brothel in the ruined city of Pompeii, the Lupanar of Pompeii showcases erotic paintings on its walls. Located two blocks east of the forum, the Lupanar has 134 graffiti transcribed, which is one of the significant marks identifying the building as a brothel. The graffitis on display here tell many stories with countless authors responding to each other's carvings, creating a dialogue of sorts.
House of the Faun
Built during the 2nd century BC, the House of the Faun was one of the most impressive private residences in Pompeii, both in terms of scale and architecture. The House of the Faun is amongst the most luxurious aristocratic houses from the Roman Republic and home to some truly spectacular works of art. Covering almost 3000 square meters, the residence occupies an entire city block and is divided into five major parts.
Forum of Pompeii
During its glory days, the Pompeii Forum was the focal point of the religious, political and cultural life of Pompeii. Featuring some of the most beautiful buildings in the city, the forum spanned an area of 157 mt x 38 mt and housed important public, commercial and religious buildings that were frequented by common Roman citizens. Now, ruins remain of the once-bustling marketplace, offering visitors a special peek at life during the Roman Empire.
Located at the intersection of the Via Stabiana and the Via dell'Abbondanza, the Stabian Baths are the oldest baths in Pompeii, divided into four building phases. Amongst the most interesting structures in ancient Pompeii, the Stabian Baths have retained most of their structure despite the natural calamity the city faced. During its hay days, the Stabian Baths were reserved for the richest members of the Pompeii society.
The Amphitheatre of Pompeii, also known as Pompeii Spectacula, was built around 70 BC and is one of the oldest Roman amphitheatre built of stone. Modern architects and crowd control specialists cite the Pompeii Spectacula's near-perfect design as inspiration. Presently, the amphitheatre is used as a venue for concerts and other public events with Pink Floyd having shot a concert movie at the venue in 1971.
The Temple of Isis
Dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis, the Temple of Isis was amongst the first to be discovered when excavation work began in Pompeii during 1764. The mostly intact temple sits on an elevated platform and features a vaulted roof which draws attention to the top of the building. Located near the Pompeii Forum, the Temple of Isis is believed to be a big part of life in Rome.