The Trick to Pompeii
The trick to Pompeii is not to get there early, but to get there late. Aim to arrive around 5.00 pm as the hoards are leaving. Get an audio guide and you will have two and a half hours to wander undisturbed in the cool of the evening. There are also moonlight tours of Pompeii now, though these are difficult because the guided ones don't end until 11.30 by which time it's probably too late to get back to Sorrento. On Monday we arrive at the site around 5.30. I have two objectives: 1. See the…
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romegreeceart: “ House of Livia - fresco 05 by Romanus_too on Flickr. * Dining room, Livia’s Prima Porta Villa * Palazzo Massimo, Rome * Creative commons licence BTW…Flickr albums of Romanus_too are...
Quince tree-House of Livia Mural
A quince tree in fruit. Detail of the garden mural from the triclinium in the House of Livia, Rome. The paintings date ca. 30-20 BC. The murals are now displayed in a dedicated room of the National Museum of Rome, Palazzo Massimo.
Roman fresco detail with blackbird and fruit, Villa of Livia, Prima Porta
Detail from a wall from a room in Livia's villa at Prima Porta not far from Rome. This small room was decorated on all four internal walls with extremely naturalistic garden scenes showing plants, flowers, shrubs, trees and birds - so well rendered that they can be identified very easily. Here we can see a blackbird flying above a tree branch laden with fruit. IMG_13714, 30% The room can now be seen in the museum at Palazzo Massimo in Rome.