CAMPANIA BY NIGHT: reliving art by night in the sites of the ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK OF POMPEII

Theatrical visits and music at Stabiae, Oplontis and Boscoreale

From the 3rd September

On the 3rd September, the evening events of Campania by Night, a project for the valorisation and promotion of cultural heritage supported by the Campanian Regional authorities, and conceived and overseen by Scabec, get underway at the sites of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, Villa Arianna and Villa San Marco at Stabiae, the Villa of Poppaea at Oplontis, Villa Regina at Boscoreale and the Libero D’Orsi Archaeological Museum of Stabiae. 

At Stabiae, four events by Casa del Contemporaneo / Le Nuvole have been scheduled: on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th September Villa San Marco will see the theatrical visit “Stabiae Liberated - Libero Above”, dedicated to the figure of Libero D’Orsi. Beginning with the personal history of the lauded headmaster of Castellammare, who had been passionate about the world of archaeology since childhood, and continuing up to his rediscovery of Stabiae, the production covers his school years, the eruption of 1906, aid to the evacuees, his learning path, his ‘wilderness years’ and his twenty years of wandering from school to school across Italy, before ‘finding himself’ with his return to Stabiae and the fulfilment of his destiny, his enterprise.

Three visit slots are scheduled, at 20:00 - 21:00 - 22:00.

On Friday 10th and Saturday 11th September, it will be the turn of Villa Arianna, with the theatrical visit “Stabiae Liberated - Libero Below”. This show will focus on Libero D’Orsi the man rather than on his deeds: the man of letters and philosopher that D’Orsi was. The very theme of the Villa, the myth of Ariadne and the Labyrinth will provide us with the key to interpreting his destiny, and will be the mirror that reflects his story in another light, thus revealing the poetry that is preciously contained within his soul, that was the guiding spirit of his existence.

Three visit slots are scheduled, at 20:00 - 21:00 - 22:00.

At Oplontis (Torre Annunziata), on the 5th September and the following two Saturdays (the 11th and 18th September) there will be a guided tour of the Villa of Poppaea, “The memories of Oplontis”, conducted with the aid of an app, smartphones and QR codes, courtesy of ShowLabs. Visitors will be accompanied by an expert guide inside the majestic Villa, attributed to the second wife of Nero. However, as with any self-respecting time travel adventure, there will be a need for a time machine supported by modern technology: an application which serves as a map in this immense and labyrinthine Villa.

Three visit slots are scheduled, at 20:00 - 21:00 - 22:00. For this event it will be necessary to be in possession of a smartphone with an internet connection and a QR code reader.

Visits to Villa Regina at Boscoreale and the following concert of Giuseppe Di Capua with Marina Bruno and Peppe Lapusata will take place starting on Sunday 12th September, and the following Sundays 19th and 26th September. After the visit with an archaeologist to the ancient Roman farm, among rooms dedicated to the processing and storing of agricultural products, with a particular predilection for the production of wine, there will be an immersion in Neapolitan music, rich in theatricality and accompanied by unforgettable melodies with Parthenoplay.

Three visit slots are scheduled, at 20:00 - 21:00 - 22:00.

On the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th October at the Libero D’Orsi Archaeological Museum of Stabiae there will be theatrical visits entitled “Stories of men”, with actors who will recount and interpret the stories of the men who lived in the Roman villas of Stabiae in ancient times, based on written evidence and the suggestions of finds displayed along the visitor route. The Museum houses numerous finds, several of which have never before been exhibited in Italy, including frescoes, opus sectile flooring, stucco, sculptures, terracottas and tableware as well as iron and bronze objects, some of which were previously housed in the Stabian Antiquarium, which was established in the town centre by Libero D’Orsi, and closed to the public in 1997.

In order to participate in the guided visits it is necessary to purchase a ticket here, since there will be no ticket office on site, except for the evening events at Oplontis; however in the days preceding the events it will be possible to purchase tickets at the site ticket offices of Pompeii and Oplontis.

Visitors are required to be present 20 minutes prior to the start time of their visit. Further information can be found at

It will be possible to participate in the planned events only if in possession of a green COVID-19 certificate (Green Pass) which certifies that the holder has received at least one vaccine dose, has tested negative with a molecular or rapid swab in the last 48 hours, or has recovered from COVID-19.

Campania By Night is managed and funded by the Campania Regional authorities via Scabec S.p.A with 2014-2020 COP (Complementary Operational Programme) funds, organised in collaboration with the Archaeological Park of Pompeii.

In September, the evening openings of Pompeii continue on the following dates:

The 3rd and 4th, 10th and 11th, and 25th of September (European Heritage Day) 

The event includes:

  • Access to the Forum area at an admission cost of €5 (+1.50 online advance sale fee; free tickets and reductions as per regulations)

From the Porta Marina entrance, it will be possible to enter the Forum area, one of the most monumental parts of the site, which was the heart of political, religious and economic life in the ancient city, housing the main monuments of public life, including the Temple of Jupiter, the Macellum, the Temple of Apollo and the Basilica, before leaving via the Temple of Venus, from where it will be possible to access the Antiquarium, recently inaugurated with its new layout.

  • Guided visits on the theme of women in antiquity. The cost is €5 (+€1.50 online advance sale fee). Groups of up to 20 people will be permitted. Advance booking is advised at the website.

It will be possible to book a visit of 45 minutes to the monumental Forum area, conducted by Scabec, and dedicated to the theme of women, with particular reference to the most prominent female personalities (such as the priestess Eumachia, for whom the building in the Forum is named, or the goddess Fortuna, of the nearby temple), but also to the lives and activities of ordinary women.

- Special visits to the Forum deposits/granaries. The cost is €5 (+€1.50 online advance sale fee). Groups of up to 10 people will be permitted. Advance booking is advised at the website.

For those interested in undertaking both visits, it will be possible to purchase tickets for the second visit at the Pompeii ticket office, subject to availability.

Access for the disabled is from Piazza Esedra with use of the lift in the Antiquarium, after reporting to staff at the entrance.

The detailed program of other summer events at all the sites of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii is available at the following link: