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Metropolitan City of Naples
Campanile Pompei 08 - Vs Vesuvio.jpg
Coat of arms of Pompei
Coat of arms
Pompei is located in Italy
Location of Pompei in Italy
Coordinates: 40°45′N 14°30′E / 40.750°N 14.500°E / 40.750; 14.500
Country Italy
Region Campania
Frazioni Messigno, Pompei Scavi
 • Mayor Nando Uliano
 • Total 12 km2 (5 sq mi)
Elevation 14 m (46 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 25,358
 • Density 2,100/km2 (5,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Pompeiani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 80045, 80040
Dialing code 081
Patron saint Beata Vergine del Rosario
Saint day 8 May
Website Official website

Pompei (Italian pronunciation: [pomˈpɛi]) is a city and comune in the Metropolitan City of Naples in Italy, home of the ancient Roman ruins part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Modern Pompei was founded in 1891, after the building of the sanctuary, started by Bartolo Longo. He is considered as the founder of Pompei.


The town of Pompei is located at the eastern borders of its province, and its urban area is contiguous with Scafati, in the Province of Salerno. It borders also with Torre Annunziata, Castellammare di Stabia, Boscoreale, Santa Maria la Carità and Sant'Antonio Abate.

Main sights[edit]

The city is mainly famous for the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii, located in the zone of Pompei Scavi.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompei, dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, has become a site for Catholic pilgrimages in recent years. It houses a canvas by Luca Giordano. It was founded by a convert who experienced a divine grace from Blessed Virgin Mary; miracles are reported since its foundation and the Rosary is a devotion associated with great graces for anyone who faithfully prays it. The ex-votos that cover the walls of the church are an impressive testimonial of the miracles granted from Blessed Virgin Mary since the church was consecrated in 1891. Many churches, chapels, and shrines in the world are dedicated to Our Lady of Pompei.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1861 5,615 —    
1871 5,753 +0.24%
1881 6,267 +0.86%
1901 7,342 +0.79%
1911 7,684 +0.46%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1921 8,382 +0.87%
1931 10,054 +1.84%
1936 11,792 +3.24%
1951 15,035 +1.63%
1961 20,366 +3.08%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1971 21,547 +0.57%
1981 22,934 +0.63%
1991 25,177 +0.94%
2001 25,751 +0.23%
2010 25,671 −0.03%
Source: ISTAT



Pompei is served by the motorway A3 at the exits of Pompei-Scafati, Pompei Ovest (close to the ruins of Villa of the Mysteries) and also Castellammare di Stabia. It is crossed by the national roads SS 18 and SS 145.


On the Naples-Salerno line, owned by FS, is situated the main railway station and a little stop named Pompei Scavi (ruins of P.), closed in the 1970s. Onto two lines owned by the SFSM - Circumvesuviana, Pompei counts a total of 4 station. Pompei Santuario (P. Sanctuary, in the middle of the town) and Pompei Valle (close to Pompeii) lies on the Torre Annunziata-Pompei-Poggiomarino line. Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri (serving the Villa of the Mysteries) and Moregine lie on the Naples-Torre Annunziata-Castellammare-Sorrento line.


Aereo The nearest airports are:

Notable people[edit]

Twin towns[edit]



  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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