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Metropolitan City of Naples
Coat of arms of Pompei
Coat of arms
Pompei is located in Italy
Location of Pompei in Italy
Country Italy
Region Campania
Frazioni Messigno, Pompei Scavi
 • Mayor Claudio D'Alessio (since 8 June 2009)
 • Total 12 km2 (5 sq mi)
Population (30 June 2010)
 • Total 25,671
 • Density 2,100/km2 (5,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 80045, 80040
Dialing code 081
Patron saint Beata Vergine del Rosario
Saint day 8 May
Website Official website

Pompei (Italian pronunciation: ) is a city and comune in the Metropolitan City of Naples in Italy, famous for its ancient Roman ruins. In 2010 its population was 25,671.[1]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Main sights 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Transportation 5
    • Airports 5.1
  • Personalities 6
  • Twin towns 7
  • Gallery 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Modern Pompei was founded in 1891, after the building of the sanctuary, started by Bartolo Longo. He is considered as the founder of the modern town.


The town of Pompei is located at the eastern borders of its province, and its urban area is contiguous with Scafati, in the Province of Salerno. It borders also with Torre Annunziata, Castellammare di Stabia, Boscoreale, Santa Maria la Carità and Sant'Antonio Abate.

Main sights

The city is mainly famous for the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii, located in the zone of Pompei Scavi.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompei, dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, has become a site for Catholic pilgrimages in recent years. It houses a canvas by Luca Giordano.



Road: Pompei is served by the motorway A3 at the exits of Pompei-Scafati, Pompei Ovest (close to the ruins of Villa of the Mysteries) and also Castellammare di Stabia. It is crossed by the national roads SS 18 and SS 145.

Railways: On the Naples-Salerno line, owned by FS, is situated the main railway station and a little stop named Pompei Scavi (ruins of P.), closed in the 1970s. Onto two lines owned by the SFSM - Circumvesuviana, Pompei counts a total of 4 station. Pompei Santuario (P. Sanctuary, in the middle of the town) and Pompei Valle (close to Pompeii) lies on the Torre Annunziata-Pompei-Poggiomarino line. Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri (serving the Villa of the Mysteries) and Moregine lie on the Naples-Torre Annunziata-Castellammare-Sorrento line.


Aereo The nearest airports are:


Twin towns



  1. ^ Source : Istat 2010

External links

  • Official website
  • Pompei Tourism Info
  • Official tour guides of Pompei
  • Photo Gallery by Leonardo Bellotti (Italian)
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