Sex culture, Prostitution and Gambling in Pompeii 2,5 hours guided tour

  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours
  • Availability: check the calendar
  • Language: EN – IT – ES – FR – DE
  • Place: Pompeii
  • Duration: 2,5 hours
  • Mobile voucher accepted
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Authorized Guide
  • Covid 19 Precautions

Meet our licensed guide nearby the main entrance of the archeological site skip the line to get the tickets and start to enjoy a two hours and half guided walking tour focused on the vices of Roman society

You will visit the Forum, the religious, commercial and civil centre of the roman life discovering first the virtues of public aspects of Roman life, to learn more about vices of their private life we need to enter the popular red light district where a lot of taverns and brothels were found: Sexual exploration was encouraged, sexual vigor idealized. A man could practically ‘have sex with another man, it wasn’t considered “sinful”, all that matters was who’s active and who’s not, however both men and women worked as prostitutes in Pompeii. Nevertheless, most prostitutes were slaves, required to register with the local authorities and to pay taxes from their earnings; prostitution was a legal thing. In a brothel, you’d often have naked dressed women serving you food and some alcohol, the walls often filled with erotic paintings to show you the latest sex position as well as their price. Archeologists found graffiti saying: “Lisa sucks for 2 sesterzi ” or “don’t do Sergius, he smells like a dead rat and he pays in pennies”. Finally Pompeians were immensely fond of gaming. Numerous gambling artefacts, such as dice, were discovered and a series of frescoes found in several cauponae (the Roman equivalent of modern-day pubs or bars) showing Pompeiians seated around special gambling tables known as tabula lusoria. Made of marble or stone, these were engraved with 36 symbols, and players had to roll three different dice in order to move their pieces. Gambling is a common theme that runs throughout the history of mankind, and long may it – and the pleasure it brings – continue.

Local Licensed Tour Guide, Skip the line Tickets

  • Not Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller / pram accessible
  • Public transportation nearby

Day tour / activity
Attributes Private experience
Booking in advance 12 hour(s)
Categories: Cultural and theme tours · Walking tour
Live tour guide: Italian · English · Spanish · French · German

Forum, Public Baths, Priapus fresco painting in the house of Vetti, Phallic symbols along the road, Thermopolium, Taverns, Red light district, Plaster casts of the victims, House of lovers, Gambling house, Large Theather