Pompeii (Pompei) is a city in the Naples (Napoli) province and Campania region of Italy, famous for the ruins of its ancient Roman city.

During Tchaikovsky's lifetime it was part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (Regno delle Due Sicilie), before becoming part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861.

Tchaikovsky in Pompeii

Tchaikovsky visited Pompeii twice:

From Until Notes
26 April/8 May 1874 26 April/8 May 1874 During a spring vacation in Italy he travelled to the ruins, which "made a most powerful impression" [1].
28 February/12 March 1882 28 February/12 March 1882 Taking his brother Modest to Pompeii, having recently also visited the ruins at Herculaneum.

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Notes and References

  1. Letter 351 to Modest Tchaikovsky, 27 April/9 May 1874.