Pompeii Sound and Light Show

I’m not a big fan of these sorts of things (outside, maybe, Disneyland vel simm) and their attendant unreality and light pollution, but perhaps someone amongst our readers likes them … from ANSA:

This year’s sound-and-light tours at Pompeii promise to be the most spectacular yet, organisers said Wednesday.

“There’ll be completely new content and effects,” said the head of the Naples Tourist Board, Dario Scalabrini.

“The show will be even more atmospheric, with a great potential for attracting all kinds of visitors,” he said.

Among the novelties of the night-time event, which has been dubbed Pompeii Moons, will be a visit to the so-called Fugitives Orchard where the most famous plaster casts of people vainly fleeing volcanic ash were made.

Visitors will also enjoy a new computer recreation of the ancient city and meet “a curious character, voiced by actor Luca Ward, who will accompany tourists on their special journey,” Scalabrini said. Pompeii Moons runs from the upcoming weekend, May 7-9, until the last weekend in October, he said.

The shows, Italy’s first-ever ‘son-et-lumiere’ tours, kicked off to immediate acclaim in 2002 and have proved a big hit ever since.

The one-hour tours in Italian, English and Japanese have a special soundtrack synchronised with the light show and mingling ambient noise with a narrative voice illustrating the various highlights.

They climax in the Forum with a dramatic video re-enactment of the catastrophic eruption that buried the city in 79 AD.

Unlike other son-et-lumiere tours in Italy and abroad, the initiative offers visitors not just a simple show but a stroll through the digs that reveals an ”unusual, poetic side” of the ancient city, organisers say.

The tour kicks off at the Terme Suburbane, a once-neglected district that has become a big draw for its frescoes graphically depicting a variety of sex acts – presumed to be an illustration of the services on offer at the local brothel.

It then winds its way up the main road, pointing out the curious cart ruts, craftsmen’s shops and famous villas.

The grand finale comes in the heart of the old city, the forum, when four giant projectors beam a special- effects-laden video reconstruction of the wrath of the volcano Vesuvius, which smothered the city and its lesser-known but equally fascinating neighbour Herculaneum in ash and cinders.

via Sound and light return to Pompeii | ANSA.it.

Later coverage of the ‘light show’ seems to be stressing the X rated side of things:

Citanda: Another Gladiator School!

Wow … it seems like every newspaper has someone trotting down to the local ludus to play gladiator. This time its a mostly-touristy  piece in the Daily Mail about the Gruppo Storico Romano’s efforts in this regard in their little school “just off the Appian Way”:

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem vi idus maias

The Illyrian emperor Claudius II (r. 268 70), ...

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