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By the restoration of 1996, realized by the Archaeological Superintendence of Pompeii, one the most important buildings of Pompeii was found, the Lupanare. The Lupanare (derives from the word lupa: prostitute) was a place of pleasure where young women or female slaves offered their sexual services. Men who attended the Lupanare belonged to the lower social class, but also the rich patricians went there, disguised and bewigged. The structure of the Lupanare was very simple: small rooms with a walling bed on which a thick mattress was put and, behind a door, the latrine.
Sometimes the rooms were on the upper floor of a shop or a tavern, but they had all independent entries facing the street, from which were separated by a light curtain.
On the walls of the Lupanare some erotic scenes were painted, representing different sexual positions, of which prostitutes liked to boast, and where these scenes were painted on the door, they specified the prostitutes’ professional specialties. The erotic scenes, of great realism, didn’t adorn only this particular houses, they were also found in the private houses, testifying that eroticism was a vital aspect of the Pompeian society.
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The MAV is located a few steps from the archaeological excavations of Herculaneum, one of the most visited sites in the world, adjacent to the historic market of Pugliano in Via 4 Novembre 44.
The Mav is easily accessible both by public transport (Circumvesuviana, Autobus, State Railways) and by car (A3 Napoli-Salerno motorway, Ercolano exit).
It is close to other places of interest in the area, including: the Vesuvian Observatory, the Vesuvian Villas of the Golden Mile and the Archaeological Excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii.
Near the hotel there are prestigious hotel complexes, restaurants, pizzerias and everything that can make a pleasant stay in Herculaneum.
From March 1st to May 31st
from Monday to Sunday from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm (last entry)
From 1 June to 30 September
from Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.30 (last entry)
From October 1st to February 28th
from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 16.00 (last entry)
MAV Museum and 3D films
€ 10.00 Adult individual ticket
€ 8.00 Under 13 ticket, over 65, students, teachers, artecard.
€ 6.00 Individual ticket
MAV for families
Visit to the museum + viewing of the film in 3D / multiD
€ 30.00 for 2 adults + 2 children
For each additional child € 7.50
Organized groups (+ 15pp)
€ 8 MAV Museum + 3D Film
Special rates for schools.
CIVES Foundation - MAV
Via IV Novembre 44 | Herculaneum
Naples - Italy
Tel. +39 081 7776843
Fax. +39 081-7323941
- How to get
Circumvesuviana: from the Central Station (Piazza Garibaldi) lines for Sorrento and Poggiomarino via Pompei stop Ercolano Scavi
Bus: lines 157 from Naples-Parking Brin and 255 from Naples - Piazza Carlo III
State Railways: Salerno-Naples line, Portici-Ercolano stop
Via Highway: A3 Napoli-Salerno exit Ercolano towards Scavi