Pompei - meeting the past

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Jegs and the old city of Pompei

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.
some of them are only partly saved but othere ones are almost intact. In fact you can get inside the life of those ppl from the past. U can walk into their gardens, atriums, into the rich villas and into the poor ppl  houses. You can see how different people were living there, how complicated must have been this sociaty with structure and rules. And it's not that hard to immagine how they were living at this place, cuz that the evidence is really impressive!
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).


jegs76 says:
it was more beautiful than napoli today for sure! hahaha ;)
Posted on: Jul 24, 2008
RJ82 says:
very beautiful city
Posted on: Jul 24, 2008
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Jegs and the old city of Pompei
Jegs and the old city of Pompei
mosaics
mosaics
wall paintings
wall paintings
road
road
narrow road
narrow road
jegs and ruins
jegs and ruins
columns
columns
Theater
Theater
another street
another street
living room
living room
aquarium
aquarium
kitchen
kitchen
street (only a bit worse than the …
street (only a bit worse than the…
rich villa
rich villa
in the garden
in the garden
riding to Pompei
riding to Pompei
look how well mantained is the str…
look how well mantained is the st…
out there - u can see the volcano …
out there - u can see the volcano…
:)one of main places
:)one of main places
:D street
:D street
resting in the shade, boy! this is…
resting in the shade, boy! this i…
WOW! look at the ceiling!!!
WOW! look at the ceiling!!!
probably termes
probably termes
not all street were that straight!
not all street were that straight!
i used even the poor shade made by…
i used even the poor shade made b…
petrified body
petrified body
more bodys
more bodys
another body
another body
Pompei Scavi stn.
"Pompei Scavi" stn.
Pompeii
photo by: Grpablo