Pompei in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius

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The ruins of Pompei

Our time on the Amalfi Coast finished, Milton and I headed to nearby Pompei. The most remarkable thing about the Pompei area and Naples is just how much Mt Vesuvius dominates the landscape. I'm not quite sure how I would like living so close to what is essentially an active volcano, but it does make for some excellent views. So, after getting a little lost along the way, we pitched up to the ruins of the former city of Pomei. Naturally there is an entrance fee to get in, but beyond this you are pretty much free to roam the grounds and take in what life must have been like for the people there who lived in the first century AD.

We didn't hire a guide to take us through the excavated city, although anyone really interested would undoubtedly benefit from this, and instead just walked up and down the streets and through the houses, marvelling at how well developed everything had been.

One of Pompei's streets
There were even salvaged artworks (although these seemed pretty simple in design), and store signs... really amazing stuff. Also got to see the encased remains of a couple of the inhabitants who had been preserved in the fallen ash. Half expecting to see faces twisted in horror like those from the movie The Ring, they instead looked peaceful... put to sleep no doubt by the toxic atmosphere long before the any lava flows.

At any rate, Pompei was a thoroughly interesting experience, all the more so because it is a work in progress and doesn't have the intense tourist vibe of a lot of other major sites around the world. Something I would highly recommend! You can spend more time in the general area and visit Herculanean as well but for us it was time to push on to Naples, ready to see the city and make it to our flight the next day...

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The ruins of Pompei
The ruins of Pompei
One of Pompeis streets
One of Pompei's streets
The ruins of Pompei
The ruins of Pompei
Some preserved art in Pompei
Some preserved art in Pompei
A store sign (clay pots made here)…
A store sign (clay pots made here…
Some salvaged art on the building …
Some salvaged art on the building…
Some salvaged art on the building …
Some salvaged art on the building…
The ruins of Pompei
The ruins of Pompei
The ruins of Pompei
The ruins of Pompei
The ruins of Pompei
The ruins of Pompei
Trapped in the lava flow... one of…
Trapped in the lava flow... one o…
Trapped in the lava flow... one of…
Trapped in the lava flow... one o…
The ruins of Pompei
The ruins of Pompei
The ruins of Pompei
The ruins of Pompei
Me, Pompei and Vesuvius
Me, Pompei and Vesuvius
Milt in Pompei with Vesuvius in th…
Milt in Pompei with Vesuvius in t…
The ruins of Pompei
The ruins of Pompei
Me in Pompei
Me in Pompei
The ruins of Pompei
The ruins of Pompei
The ruins of Pompei with Vesuvius
The ruins of Pompei with Vesuvius
The ruins of Pompei with Vesuvius
The ruins of Pompei with Vesuvius
With Vesuvius in the background
With Vesuvius in the background
One of Pompeis dogs
One of Pompei's dogs
The ruins of Pompei
The ruins of Pompei
Milt in the ruins
Milt in the ruins
Pompeis ruins near sunset
Pompei's ruins near sunset
Pompeis ruins near sunset
Pompei's ruins near sunset
Pompeis ruins near sunset
Pompei's ruins near sunset
Orange grove just outside Pompei
Orange grove just outside Pompei
Orange grove just outside Pompei
Orange grove just outside Pompei
Orange grove just outside Pompei
Orange grove just outside Pompei
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photo by: Grpablo