Tickets to the Lupanare

About Lupanare

The Lupanare in Pompeii is open from 9:15 AM to 4:15 PM daily.

Please note that the Archeological Park of Pompeii is open every day from 9:00 AM and its closing time varies seasonally. It closes at 5:00 PM from November 1 to March 31 and at 7:00 PM from April 1 to October 31.

The Park is closed on December 25th, May 1st, and January 1st, and so is the Lupanare.


The best time to visit the Lupanare is in the morning, as there is a little shade in Pompeii. Choose the late spring or early fall months to catch the prolonged opening hours and comfortable weather and walk a lot in peace.

Schedule at least 2 hours to discover the Lupanare and the sprawling city of Pompeii to the full.


  • Discover the official ancient brothel, or Lupanare of Pompeii 

It is the most popular tourist attraction regardless of the sex now and was available for a visit only by men at one time. Back in 79 A.D., when Vesuvius erupted and Pompeii was a busy trading city, the Lupanare was popular with the visiting traders making their way there from the Forum nearby.

  • Step into the Lupanare's austere rooms 

With masonry beds and built-in pillows, they recall tiny jail cells rather than pleasure rooms. Imagine the atmosphere during the working hours when only the curtains would provide a kind of intimacy here.

  • See the notorious erotic frescoes over the doorways 

They brighten up the otherwise dull interior and showcase sexual positions like an ancient advertisement of the services available in the Lupanare. 

  • Ponder over the ancient graffiti on the Lupanare’s walls

There are both obscene lines scribbled by the clients, and touching doodles like a ship, a bird or a face, scrawled by the enslaved women who worked and lived there. Their names and tariffs are still readable, too.

Naples is the closest city to Pompeii. If going by train from Naples, take Circumvesuviana or Trenitalia (FS) train from Napoli Centrale. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Naples or Salerno. If going by car, take A3 Napoli-Salerno highway.


The Archeological Park of Pompeii ticket price is €16. The reduced price €3.50 is valid for EU citizens between the ages of 18 and 25.

The entrance is free every first Sunday of the month.


Don’t miss anything while you explore the Lupanare and other public spaces of Pompeii with the in-app audio tour Pompeii with an Archaeologist. You can get in right away: the entry tickets are included.

What people say about Lupanare

April 2023
Raffaele's storytelling, knowledge and respect for the site really brought Pompeii to life for me during my visit. Pompeii was the number one place I wanted to visit in Italy, so I'll be forever grateful for the experience. Highly recommend

FAQ about Lupanare

It is better to purchase tickets beforehand to secure your spot. You can do it online and at the official ticket offices in Pompeii. For a worry-free visit to the Lupanare, book the self-guided audio tour with the entry ticket included on our website.

You can purchase the Archeological Park of Pompeii tickets in a month. We recommend booking on our website to get the self-guided audio tour too and make the most of your visit.


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