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Reviewed December 24, 2018

When we visited Pompeii, this house was closed off, so we were unable to go inside or see its layout and features. That said, from the entrance we could see the famed "Cave Canem" mosaic, which was a neat stopping point. The mosaic shows a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed May 31, 2018

Famous for its mosaic at the entrance of a dog on a chain with the warning 'CAVE CANEM' like so many of the buildings in Pompeii,this one is closed. You can see the mosaic from the street, but not any of the beautiful frescoes inside.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

This residence is typical of the middle class that grew rich in the latter period of Pompeii's history. At the entrance is a black and white mosaic depicting a guard dog with the words 'cave canem' - beware of the dog.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank mouseHerts
Reviewed February 21, 2018

One of the most beautiful mosaics we saw was a picture of a fierce black dog on a chain with the words Cave Canem - Officially the earliest known "Beware of the Dog" sign (found in the house of the Tragic Poet).

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank JnVSydney
Reviewed December 22, 2017

the vegetation brings the ancient ruins to life and helps you picture why things were made and their purpose

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Dave1018
Reviewed December 9, 2017

The mosaic at the street entrance i what makes this a place to see . The crouching dog alerts visitors/intruders that there is a guard dog present even if only in stone

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Bear H
Reviewed September 7, 2017 via mobile

It was closed for us too. We saw the mosaic but that was it. Still plenty to see on this tour. Make sure you get a guide. They are very informative and know their stuff

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank wasntme58
Reviewed August 5, 2017

I couldn't wait to see this part when I read the name "The house of tragic poet", I mean wow...this is melancholic! It turned out to be a cute place with a nice angry doggy mosaic, which I liked so much that I could not...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank PieTravels
Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

House of the tragic poet has stunning mosaic tiles floors that really stand out. Definitely one of the more interesting houses to view in Pompeii.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank poppitshelby
Reviewed July 14, 2017

Most of the better Roman houses in Pompeii have a certain construction style involving a courtyard with rooms coming off that courtyard... Fountains often a feature

Date of experience: October 2016
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