I've been wanting to visit Pompeii for over a year but almost every time we headed to Rome we've missed the chance. Pompeii is about 1.5-2 hours by car from Rome. This time I was not going to miss the chance this time. We drove past the center of Naples on a rainy Saturday to see ruins I had only read about as a school girl. All I knew about Pompeii and its sister city Herculaneum were that both towns at the base of Mount Vesuvius were destroyed and buried by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago, the dates and actual facts were fuzzy to me. The towns were rediscovered later and excavated.
The magnitude of the town was surprising, it was much larger than I expected. Larger than Ostia Antica maybe even Villa Adriana. Street after street, I got a sense of the goings on and the structure of town. There were formal houses, small homes, temples, fountains, an amphitheatre, brick ovens, grain vessels, a forum, gorgeous frescos and tile mosaics, everything was really fascinating. Some of the art was a bit risqué but worth a look. Sometimes I'm really awestruck at the antiquities that exist in Italy and for only 11 Euros; I got a chance to travel back in time almost 2,000 years.
I'll the photos do the talking:
The exterior of the a very small part of the ancient town of Pompeii.
Fully intact vessels made of clay? and almost 2,000 years old.
Beautiful frescos that have survived the eruption and excavation.
A plaster cast of a victim of a volcanic eruption that took place in 79 A.D.
A very famous tile mosaic, "cave canem" means "beware of the dog" in Latin. I did not see any tile mosaics of cat crossings.
Mount Vesuvius itself looming in the background.
Outside the entrance were tourists stands selling all types of snacks, I was completely taken by the cedro, a giant citus fruit the size of a small melon.
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