Pompei - meeting the past
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July 8th, 2008 – by: jegs76
In the morning - after breakfast - i decided not to visit first the city of Napoli and save it for the afternoon but to head straight to Pompei - to see the ancient city destroyed by Vesuvio volcano.
I took the suburban metro train (Circumvesuviana - is the running company) from main station Garibaldi - but if u want to enjoy the ride sitting it would be better to go back one station to the terminus of Circumvesuviana - with any train from the same platform - that way you will avoid the many ppl at Garibaldi and u get ur sit for sure!
I always thought - this would be more like 3 or 4 streets somewhere at the bottom of the volcano with dozen of house ruins, maybe 4 or 5 columns which i saw in some book, but no! This town was really huge - there were theater, stadium, hundreds (or thousends) of houses, everything - it was not the village - it was really big town! With good paved roads with public places and buildings!
I took over 120pics only in Pompei! The volcano destroyed the town, killed ppl but under ashes their rests were waiting for being discovered for some 2000 years!
Now you can see the mosaics on the floors, kitchens, rooms with original paintings, sculptures - there are a lot of art works saved till our times.
This was the site which i was looking in many books at, and i always wanted to come here and to walk those streets. [That's why i decided to book the return flight from Napoli] And i wanted to see of course the petrified bodys of the killed ppl. I saw them! they look as at the moment of their death...
If someone will be in this part of Italy - you just have to come to Pompei! You can save the dirty city of Napoli (with its rubish on the streets) if you don't have enough time, but you really shouldn't miss Pompei! (or Ercolano which is another ancient town destroyed together with Pompei - only few km away from here and on the same railway line - actually you can visit those two sites).
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