While on my Mediterranean cruise we stopped in Naples, Italy. Although I had been to Italy many years before I had never been to Southern Italy. While looking over the possible excursions prior to the cruise I came across one that included the city of Pompeii. Years ago my Mother visited Pompeii and I distinctly remember her telling me about the remarkable ruins. She spoke of shells of human bodies preserved in the form in which they were captured by the lava. I had formed an image in my mind but knew I had to see it for myself. My Mother’s travel stories often did that to me. You can read more about how she inspired me in this blog post.
The city of Pompeii, located near Naples, was destroyed and buried by the eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. At the time of its destruction it is believed the population was approximately 11,000. There are several things that amazed me while touring through this ancient city.
1) It was buried by 13-20 feet of pumice and ash and not discovered for 1500 years until 1599 with broader discovery in 1748!
2) Due to the lack of moisture and air the artifacts were well preserved and allowed archaeologists to weave together the workings of this ancient but modern town. I could not believe there were statues that were still standing after all this time. As you walked through this large city-much larger than I imagined- you were able to see life similar to how we know it now.
There were brick style ovens for cooking and big stone road blocks which can only mean even with horse and buggies they also had traffic!
There were fountains and graffiti on the walls and even signs that represented slaves for rent.
3) Through the excavation and preservation process, you can see the exact position the person was in when they died.
I kept imagining the inhabitants of this city who looked up at this beautiful mountain daily all of a sudden one day seeing it erupt. Running for their lives but getting stuck in lava and ash till their death.
Sorry for the sad thought at the end! I truly felt for this city and its people as I walked on its grounds. At the same time I was struck by their genius!
Have you been to Pompeii? If so share your thoughts with us!
If you do visit Naples, Italy it is well worth the trip to the historic ancient city of Pompeii.
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Great article and pics! I learn so much from your excursions and posts. So much so that I wish I’d paid more attention during my history classes in middle and high school. Keep up the great work!!!
Thank you for reading and commenting! I am glad you enjoyed it! I love history coming to life by visiting these places!
Pompeii is one of the places that I wish I could have visited during my last trip to Italy! Thanks for sharing your experience 😀
It is really interesting. Italy has so much to offer! Add to your list for next time. Thanks for reading!
This is so fascinating as I love to travel in the US and Abroad and have always desired to visit Italy. It amazes me how beautiful this earth really is. Every town, city, state and country has to offer — Beauty of it’s own kind.
What amazes me even more is how something so natural to the earth (maybe not us) can impact us in such a mysterious way. Buried by 13-20 feet of pumice and ash? WOW
I read a lot of self-help, historical and historical fiction so, I love this.
Thanks Nadeen and God’s Blessings and Prosperity!
Thank you Yulunda! Yes it so amazing that these ancient cities go unknown for so long! I love history as well!
Love the photos of Pompeii. I just got back from Southern Italy in September. I didn’t make it to Pompeii, but I did go to the sister site of Herculaneum. The history and views are amazing.
T.Michelle. Our tour guide spoke about Herculaneum. I am sure that was interesting as well. Italy is so beautiful and has so much to offer! Thanks for reading and commenting!
Omg wow! Very surreal looking at the bodies. Couldn’t event imagine their fear.