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Inside Pompeii – A Financial Times Best Book of 2023

Luigi Spina


A visually stunning, intimate photographic tour of Pompeii’s spaces, including many that have never been seen by the public

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Pompeii, one of the most astonishing and well-preserved sites of classical antiquity, is also one of the world’s most visited architectural sites. This lavish volume takes readers on a tour of Pompeii through an array of visually compelling and original photographs by Italian artist Luigi Spina. Produced in partnership with the Parco Archeologico di Pompei, readers are expertly guided through the Roman city’s nine districts, including many hidden corners that are inaccessible to most visitors.

Pompeii’s architecture is a central feature of the images, which were shot at all times of day, in all seasons, and in natural light. Lacy peristyles and rows of column fragments give way to intimate, atmospheric interior spaces. Mosaic floors and beautiful – albeit fragmentary – wall paintings are reproduced with stunning fidelity and sensitivity. The book also includes an essay by Gabriel Zuchtriegel, director of the Pompeii archaeological park, and several meditations on the history, architecture and natural beauty of the city. Inside Pompeii provides the wondrous experience of wandering through this remarkable site without ever leaving home.


'Not just the best book of photographs of one of the greatest – and most photographed – places on earth but, amazingly (and appropriately), a book one can live in'
Geoff Dyer

'In this hefty volume, Spina’s seductive photographs chronicle the lush interiors, the rich mosaics and frescoes and a vivid urban streetscape. A visual feast'
Best books of 2023 - Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times

'The photographs of Luigi Spina take readers on a journey through the classical architecture of the nine districts of Pompeii – including through areas off-limits to tourists. An essay by Gabriel Zuchtriegel, director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, adds insight to the visual splendour'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 31.8 x 24.5 cm

Extent: 480 pp

Illustrations: 448

Publication date: 19 October 2023

ISBN: 9780500027301

About the Author

Luigi Spina is an Italian photographer. He has published more than twenty books and has created photographic campaigns for institutions and museums throughout Europe.