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"Things to See: The Naughty Bits" Erotic Pompeii Tip by goodfish

Erotic Pompeii, Pompeii: 7 reviews and 9 photos

  Priapus, god of fertility, House of the Vettii
by goodfish

The Pompeians were a lusty lot with few hang-ups about body parts and their functions. Virility was venerated. Fertility was celebrated. Images of anatomy and adult recreation that today's society would classify as porn were common decoration in houses, taverns and brothels. A lot of the paintings and sculpture of this genre were moved to Naples and confined to a discrete location with somewhat limited access.

When I first visited Pompeii in 1973, remaining frescos of the, er, interesting sort (including this one) were hidden behind wooden doors that an attendant would open if you forked over a few coins. Those protective shutters are long gone so be aware of the possibility of running into some fairly graphic imagery - especially if having curious young people in tow or being squeamish about such things.

Address: Various, Pompeii

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 21, 2011
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