"Pompeii Forum was the main civic, commercial and religious center and is a must-see when visiting Pompeii ruins..."
Just as any other Roman forum, the forum in Pompeii, part of Pompeii ruins, was a large open space of an oblong shape, surrounded by buildings, houses, temples, basilicas, porticos...
In other words, Pompeii forum was an urban center, a main square of the city, and home to the town's main civic, commercial, and religious institutions.
The center of life and interest for its citizens, a bustling crowd that came here every day to meet, gossip, run business, or worship.
A must-see when visiting Pompeii!
Not sure how to visit the archeological site of Pompeii from the cruise ship docked in Naples?
You can either take a train from Naples to Pompeii or refuse to have headaches about getting around in a foreign country and getting back to the ship and time and take one of the shore excursions or transfers.
I've found a few with good reviews on the Viator:
Situated at the crossing of the two old routes between Pompeii and Naples, Nola and Stabiae, Pompeii forum used to be right in the center of the town but from the 2nd Ct. BC, as the town grew, it was left on its outskirts.
However, it played a major role in Pompeii's religious, economic, and political life.
To locate the Pompeii Forum, check our Map of Ancient Pompeii
At the time of Sulla, the Pompeii forum was enclosed on three sides by a portico, raised above ground level by three steps, and made up of fluted Doric columns on the ground level and Ionic ones around the first floor covered passageway.
520 feet long and 109 feet wide (157x38 meters), the Pompeii forum was paved with marble blocks and closed for cart traffic.
Want to find out more about Pompeii, its art and architecture? Getting on a tour with an archeologist is the best way to find out a lot in the limited amount of time you have!
And that is the magic of booking tours on Viator, they offer all kinds of specialty tours, while booking a shore excursion with your cruise line limits the options.
Here are some recommendations for you:
In front of the portico, there were the pedestals for statues of distinguished residents.
Those of the members of the Imperial House were placed on the south side of the forum, in front of the administrative buildings.
Its statues and structures reflected the religious, civic, and imperial values of the Roman society at the time and many can still be seen at the site, while the others are on display in the National Archeological Museum in Naples.
Not sure whether to visit Pompeii or the National Museum in Naples? Well, you can visit both in a day.
Here's how to do it:
Here's the list of buildings you'll be able to see in the Pompeii forum:
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4. Capri ferry
10. Livorno Italy
13. Naples to Capri
16. Messina Sicily
17. Pisa Train
18. Visiting Pompeii
19. Pompeii forum
20. Port of Piraeus
22. Venice vaporetto
23. Venice water bus
24. Livorno map
25. Getting to Zadar
27. Walk Venice
28. Mykonos beach
30. Pomepii homes