Pompeii Pompeii

Scholar and Pompeii Expert Claudio Mollo

Exclusively for Tauck, discover the fascinating history of Italy’s Campania region through the lens of art history with scholar and Pompeii expert Claudio Mollo. From volcanology to archaeology, the story of the ancient city of Pompeii and its rediscovery in the 16th century offers insights into early Roman civilization. With over fifty years of experience studying Pompeii and its sister site of Herculaneum, Claudio will share recent learnings and new insights, gleaned from recent discoveries, on one of the most well-preserved and complex archaeological sites in Europe.

Claudio is a dear friend of Tauck’s and has been a longstanding partner of ours in southern Italy for several decades. He has extensive experience in the region of Naples and Southern Italy, having worked in tourism for 60 years, 50 of which he served as an Official Archaeological Guide of the Campania Region – encompassing Naples, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast as well as the archaeological zones of Herculaneum and Pompeii.

Since 1990, Claudio has dedicated his time and pursuits to studying what he says interests him most – the origins of man, mythology, the history of religion, and scientific research on art history and archaeology. He is an avid visitor of museums and archaeological areas around the world, a true scholar who loves to engage in cultural exchange with people interested in these same topics and ideas. Recently, Claudio authored a book titled, In Quest for the Seed Idea.


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  1. Thank you for recording this presentation. I was unfortunately unable to attend on time. I tried to join late but it was full.

  2. Most interesting. Would have preferred if he was more succinct on the history and showed more of the artifacts.

    • Hello Lim,

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    • Hello Pat,

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  4. Fantastic presentation byClaudio Mollo. He was so knowledgeable about Pompeii. I am looking forward to future lectures from him on the campanga region. Thank you!

  5. We really appreciate the presentations that Tauck is providing. The Pompeii presentation was fantastic. We visited the site with Tauck several years ago but we did not see nearly as much as we saw today. Thanks for reviewing our visit with us. God bless and we look forward to your next presentation!!

  6. Great presentation!
    I forgot and missed the Taucker chat version, so it was great to be able to immediately watch it in the blog!
    Claudio’s presentation really made me glad we arrived for our tour early in 2016. We hired a guide and driver to take us to Herculaneum, the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, the Phlegraean Fields, and the Colosseum in Pozzuoli! We could do this tour again!

    I know presentation was about Pompeii, but when Claudio was asked about the difference between Pompeii and Herculaneum, he might have mentioned that Herculaneum is in the middle of the modern town with buildings built over much of the (30′?) below-ground ruins.

    I wanted to ask if there is an ongoing effort to buy surrounding houses and buildings so they can expand the excavation and expose more of Herculaneum.

    Thanks again!

  7. Thank you for the recording. I was registered. Didn’t help to get on!
    The recording will help alleviate poor thoughts!

  8. Excellent! I enjoy Tauck’s special and varied presentations during this time of the pandemic. Very informative and educational

  9. I loved Claudio’s presentation on Pompeii!! Awesome job!! Please continue the webinars even after it is safer to travel. They are very inspiring. I learned so much more about Pompeii, especially the new discoveries and the historical perspective. Thank you so much.

  10. I tried to replay the Pompeii Talk on September 4.because my friend said not everyone was able to register. I travel a lot with Tauck and would like to be able to view this.

  11. Excellent webcast pictures and script,,,,,,,,,but recommend an English speaker for the USA market as we could not understand the lecturer due to his heavy Italian accent.

  12. I feel fortunate to have been able to enjoy this recorded episode of Claudio Mollo’s presentation of Pompeii. I was not able to attend the initial presentation. Tauck always encourages excellent travel experiences. This presentation is wonderful information for a better understanding prior to a visit to Pompeii.
    Thank you.

  13. It’s wonderful that you are educating us for future travels. So happy that I stumbled upon this lecture as the expert was superb in both knowledge and presentation. I hope to find more! My mother always traveled with you and brought back wonderful stories.

  14. The only thing I see is a small box in the upper righthand corner (about 1″ x 2.5″ that contains your talking head. How do I expand that?

  15. Thank you for making this recording available. I enjoyed it so much. Claudio is so knowledgeable and passionate about his subject!

  16. It’s been years since I visited Pompeiii so really enjoyed learning about new discoveries and seeing new areas that have been excavated. I would love to go back.

  17. I am unable to view the Pompeii recording. I had made a reservation for the original, but could not get in. Now I have the e-mail for viewing the recording, but nothing opens when I click on “view.”

  18. I visited Pompeii four years ago. This presentation makes me think about everything that I saw. I am anxiously waiting to be able to go back.

    Multas gratias!!

  19. Really enjoyed the video on Pompeii and more.
    I had one question about a fact, which was that the volcano mass shot up 15 miles.
    How was this determined or what was the basis?
    It seems as if this is way too high as commercial airliners fly at about 6 miles of elevation. Furthermore it seems as if very little mass would reach that elevation even if some particles made that height. How does one know?

  20. Is it possible to view the inside Tauck presentations after the event? If so, please tell me how to view this talk. Thank you.