Surprises never end in Pompeii! If you are planning a journey to discover the beauty of Pompeii, now you have one more reason to book one of our 3D virtual reality tour of the Pompeii ruins. The furnishings of two Domus Pompeiane were rebuilt as they were before the eruption of AD 79 under the project of "widespread museum " of the archaeological site. In the "Fullonica of Stephanus", an ancient laundry room located along Via dell’Abbondanza, has been rearranged as the kitchen on the model adopted a century earlier by the previous Superintendent Vittorio Spinazzola, documented by a photo archive that dates back to 1916.
In the "Large gym" there are permanently exhibited some organic finds - included in the exhibition "Myth and Nature" that just ended - integrated by an additional section of naturalistic finds from Moregine, a place located near Pompeii.
The staging of the "Fullonica of Stephanus" is part of the development project of the Pompeii site, thought as a "widespread museum", which provides spaces located in different points of the ancient city dedicated to specific themes. Part of this project are the examples of the Villa Imperiale, where were rearranged as the domestic environments of the triclinium and the bedroom, and the Temple of Isis, where they retraced the Egyptian cults. The early twentieth century’s layout of the “Fullonica of Sthephanus” responded to an educational policy, very modern for that time, concerning the revival of spaces to put the visitors into contact with the daily life of the ancient city. The visitor could understand the functioning and the organization of the kitchen in the I sec. A.D. with the iron grid for meat still hanging on the wall and the tableware necessary for the preparation and cooking of food placed on the counter.
The everyday objects now on display, all come from the deposit of the House of Bacchus and they have been identified through a re-reading of the "Librette Inventoriali", vintage period registers that show the inventory of the number of parts, and which refer to where they were found and provide short descriptions about their use.
The "Fullonica of Stephanus" was equipped with large tanks of masonry for rinsing, fed by a continuous water flow. Moreover there were some stone basins used for the dyeing, washing and stain removal, which occurred using particular types of clay or urine. Then there were the Terraces upstairs engaged for the drying and the treatment of the fabrics. While a press (the "torcular") served to stretch the fabric and make it shiny.
The finds placed in the two Domus are protected by a tempered glass structure of 13,52 mm, with particular safety precautions in case of accidental breakage, and with an exhaust system of weights to the ground. The structure is made in compliance with the archaeological context, allowing the exchange of air and preventing the formation of harmful micro-climates for the conservation of archaeological finds.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s book your tour and enjoy Pompeii. You can’t miss it!
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