Inside Pompeii – A Financial Times Best Book of 2023


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


ISBN: 9780500027301 Category:

Luigi Spina


‘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

‘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

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

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.

Additional information

Weight 3730 g
Dimensions 25.2 x 32.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 30 October 2023
Number of pages 480
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.2 x 32.5 cm
Weight 3730 g


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