Insiders guide to: pompeii


Exploring the archaeological site at Pompeii is a must when you visit southern Italy. In this presentation, art historian Danielle Oteri talks you through the story of the ancient Roman city destroyed by Vesuvius in 79AD.

What you'll learn:

  • what happened when Vesuvius exploded
  • things we have learned from the artifacts, frescoes and mosaics discovered in Pompeii
  • 2 sites related to Pompeii that are easily accessible and have fewer crowds
  • the most exclusive gemstone for wealthy Romans
  • the significance of pomegranates and amphorae


Danielle mentions Mary Beard's Fires of Vesuvius as a useful and accessible book to learn more about Pompeii

Danielle Oteri

Danielle Oteri

Danielle Oteri is an art historian, expert on Southern Italy and owner of food and wine tour company Feast on History. She has written about art and food for Condè Nast Traveler, BBC Travel, Gothamist, NPR, and Roads + Kingdoms. 

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  1. Tui McCaughey on November 7, 2020 at 6:54 AM

    I really enjoyed this presentation. It kept my attention the whole way through and was really interesting. Lots of information, but definitely not stuffy or boring. I really want to go to Pompeii, but knowing there are more, less touristy sites close by will make the trip even better – when I eventually get there. I love hearing about the little everyday things, like the pomegranates, earrings. Thank you for this video and I can’t wait for more.

    • uiiadmin on November 9, 2020 at 12:39 AM

      Danielle is a wonderful storyteller. Let us know if there are any other sites you would like to hear about

  2. Karen La Rosa on December 5, 2020 at 8:29 PM

    This was very interesting, Danielle. Ongoing excavations are key to deep understanding. You made me laugh though when you mention the necessity of free labor to get there! It seems that a lot more has been uncovered and understood even since my last visit. Thank you.

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