Pompeii Travel Blog› entry 2 of 10 › view all entries
As Danielle had never seen Pompeii and me never Ercolano,before going to our accomodation in
Furore on the Amalfitan Coast,we did a short visit of the crowded Pompeii,in particular the Villa of Mysteries,
the Villa of the Faun and............the brothel.
After a year long of restauration,the brothel of Pompeii named Lupanare,from lupa a Latin slang word for
prostitute, was reopened in 2006.It is situated at the intersection of two side roads of Via dell'Abbondanza.
It's a two-story buildings with five rooms and latrine on each floor.
On the ground floor,each small room with a stone bed which was covered with mattresses, and a small window,
bears painted, over its door ,an erotic fresco suggesting the prostitute's" speciality".
More than 100 graffiti are found there with the names of the sex workers(often slaves of Greece or other Eastern origin) and those of their customers engraved
in the walls.
The upper floor ,which could be reached by an independant entrance and a wooden staircase ,was shut.
But I have seen in the seventies its 5 larger rooms without any paintings and graffiti.
As Danielle was a bit tired,we didn't go to the Villa of Vetii(I had already seen it),but had lunch before
going to the Villa of Mysteries situated about 1 km from the Pompeii's ruins restaurant.
This villa built around a central peristyle court and surrounded by terraces provides in one room
superb Dionysiac frescoes showing the initiation of a girl into the mysteries(rites) of Bacchus.