Archaeologists have discovered an incredible array of amulets, gems, and lucky charms in Pompeii. Researchers think that the mysterious trove belonged to a female sorcerer who could have been a victim of the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius more than 2,000 years ago. The experts found more than 100 miniature objects in a wooden crate that ha...

An Italian politician wants Italian Americans to help him raise the funds to build a new village of Poggioreale, which was virtually destroyed by an earthquake a half-century ago. It’s now a ghost town after most of its residents left for good. The local school was half-destroyed, and a calendar on one of its walls is from 1968, the year of the qua...

The Getty Villa is modeled on the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, Italy, which was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. This exhibition presents rare original artifacts and traces attempts to unroll and decipher thecarbonized papyri found during the latest excavations. On June 27, Francesco Sirano, Director of Herculaneum Archaeologi...

This summer, you can visit the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii without ever leaving Richmond. The North American premiere of "Pompeii: The Immortal City" opens at the Science Museum of Virginia June 8 and runs through September 3. The Italian city was devastated by a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. According to the museum, "this touring exhibition plun...

Tuesday, April 16 at 6:00 PM, Rainey Lecture Room, Penn Museum (3260 South Street, Philadelphia). Free admission. Brian Rose, Ph.D., Peter C. Ferry Curator-in-Charge, Mediterranean Section. In this lecture, Dr. Brian Rose reviews new archaeological discoveries in Rome and Pompeii during the last 30 years. In Rome, in particular, increased construct...

Nearly 2,000 years after Pompeii was destroyed by a volcanic eruption, the ancient Roman city is still giving up its long-buried secrets. Fantastic frescos, preserved mosaics and historic graffiti were among the discoveries emerging from the largest archaeological dig at the site since the 1950s. As teams of construction workers shore up mounds of...

A stunning fresco depicting Narcissus looking at himself in the mirror has been uncovered during new excavations at Pompeii, the interim director of the archaeological site, Alfonsina Russo, announced on Thursday. The discovery was made during a dig at the Regio V section of the ancient Roman city and comes just months after the unearthing of anoth...

The archaeological park at Herculaneum, the ancient sister city of Pompeii, has several new initiatives and changes in store as the new year begins. The site saw a 9% increase in visitors over the past year, according to figures released by the park's administrators, for a total of 534,328 visitors compared to 490,030 in 2017. Park administrators a...

We’ve been hearing about how Italy’s famous landmarks have been suffering under the strain of overtourism lately. As well as crowds being a nightmare for residents, it doesn’t exactly make for the most enjoyable travel experience for visitors either. After all, it’s hard to enjoy the view when you’re being poked in the eye by someone’s selfie stick...

Pompeii's 'gladiator school' reopened Thursday after a three-year restoration following a collapse eight years ago. The director of the archaeological park of Pompeii, Massimo Osanna, on Thursday said "collapses in the archaeological digs of Pompeii are a closed chapter". The director of the ancient city, which was smothered in lava and ash by the...