Running from 28th March to 29th September 2013, an exhibition named Life and Death: Pompeii and Herculaneum, has been brought to the British Museum this year. Pompeii and Herculaneum are two ancient cities on the Bay of Naples which play a huge piece in Italian history. Both cities were buried as a result of the sudden explosion of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, however the majority of artefacts and buildings were beautifully preserved by the resulting ash.
The British Museum’s new exhibition will transport you to ancient life in Pompeii and Herculaneum, where visitors will be able to see and experience the daily life of a Roman. There are over 250 ancient artefacts to examine, including some very recent finds that have never been seen outside Italy. The most fascinating – although gruesome – part of this exhibition for some may be the casts of the bodies that were preserved for almost 200 years. These casts include those of a family huddled under the stairs in their villa, and a very famous cast of a family dog.
It has been more than 20 years since the last time there was a large exhibition featuring Pompeii in the UK, and with some fantastic new finds to see, visitors will be captivated by life, and death, in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
On 18th June, Pompeii: Live from the British Museum will be released in cinemas nationwide, offering an exclusive view of the exhibition and specially made films of Pompeii on the day of the volcanic eruption. The film will also be going behind the scenes of the exhibition and exploring the ancient Roman cities and their inhabitants’ way of life. The remains of these two cities have been carefully excavated and the ruins of the roads and buildings are a sight to behold.
Tickets for the exhibition are available from £15 here and advance booking is essential. Tickets for the film can be booked via your local cinema, and you can find a list of cinemas showing the film here.
After a long day of soaking in the ancient Italian culture, what could be a better end to your day than enjoying a beautifully prepared meal at our beautiful and ever-popular restaurant?