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Last meal in Pompei

75 min visit

Museum of Mankind
15 Dec → 4 Jan 2021
From Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Tuesday.

« Travel to Pompeii to taste the culinary heritage of the famous disappeared city »

How about learning how to make a traditional recipe from the Romans of the Pompeii period? Familiarize yourself with the orchestration of a meal so that you can experience it for yourself? Be inspired by their decoration, especially the famous colorful frescoes that decorate Pompeian houses? To do this, the Museum of Mankind opens the door to the collections of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples to discover the food remains, fixed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Garlic cloves, cereals, figs, dates, chestnuts, processed foods such as this typical bread from Naples in the first century, but also kitchen utensils and reception dishes testify to the Mediterranean culinary heritage. Then considered exotic, these foodstuffs show the intensity of exchanges between the Far East or Africa and the Romans, which partly forged their identity. In order to better understand these dynamics of Roman cuisine, "Last meal in Pompeii" proposes to wander from the bakery to the dining room through the kitchen, not forgetting the "laboratory" where the archaeobotanists of Naples studied the remains of these foods. An unprecedented panorama!


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