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Pompei Scavi | Via Villa dei Misteri 2, Pompeii, Italy
  • I was less than thrilled about going with such a large group, but it turned out to be a great way to see this amazing site, although the prices to do it on your own a very reasonable, at around 11 euro for an adult pass
  • The first thing I noticed was that the snow-capped Mount Vesuvius is visible from everywhere, lending a somewhat eerie feeling, because it is still active
  • Everything was great, but I definitely had a few favourites
  • We can see how they lived, what they ate and what activities they enjoyed
  • Everything about this site is infinitely interesting, and Pompeii is a spectacular place to visit

    • by Jessie Bahrey
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      My recent trip to Italy included many cities, and during a stay in Naples, we signed up to do a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii, the ancient excavation site of a city that was buried under tons of ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. I have been fascinated with this site since I was a child, and it lived up to my expectations.

      Our guided tour was part of a package we purchased on our cruise ship, mainly because it included transportation from the docks in Naples to the site some distance away. I was less than thrilled about going with such a large group, but it turned out to be


      a great way to see this amazing site, although the prices to do it on your own a very reasonable, at around 11 euro for an adult pass. We arrived at the entrance of the site, which has actually been an active archaeological excavation site for over 800 years, where there is a gift shop where you can eat, drink and buy some items made from the volcanic ash. We began our walking tour and it was incredible. The first thing I noticed was that the snow-capped Mount Vesuvius is visible from everywhere, lending a somewhat eerie feeling, because it is still active. Secondly, the entire area is navigated by an ancient Roman cobblestone road, which ...

      • is uneven and you need to watch your step. Other than that, we walked through the winding streets, seeing ruins and almost intact buildings that included a theatre, shops, houses of the wealthy and the middle-class, temples, forums, and a public bath. Everything was great, but I definitely had a few favourites.

        Certainly, a painful scene is seeing the well-preserved casts of the victims of the volcano, and the expressions on their faces as they died are truly haunting. The idea that this site has preserved forever a glimpse of what life was like in this ancient city (which was actually a resort town on the edge of the ocean back then) is truly remarkable. We can

        see how they lived, what they ate and what activities they enjoyed. My very favourite place in this site is the public baths-the tile mosaics and even the water system is preserved. There are also fascinating mosaics and frescos that are so well preserved that the original paint is still visible and they are literally like seeing photographs from this time. That to me was the best part. There are even fountains that still have water running through them, and on one, you can see the indention in the stone where the right-handed citizens rested their arms while they bent over to drink. Everything about this site is infinitely interesting, and Pompeii is a spectacular place to visit.




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