Following the magical days in Rome, we head off for a tragic place, Pompeii. In Ad 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted and engulfed the busy coastal city and its population of approximately 12,000, in blankets of ashes. As Pompeii was buried under 4-6 metres of ash, the object that lay beneath the city were well-preserved due to the lack of air and moisture.
It was an amazing experience strolling through the ruins. We were warned by the local guide to be cautious when walking, as the stoned pathways are slippery. I lost my footing and nearly fell face down but thank goodness a tour guide from another group caught me.
Pompeii’s amphitheatre that has a capacity of up to 15,000 people. It is much smaller than Rome’s Colosseum, but its older than the former.
Here’s our local guide standing on one of the stones in the middle of the street, which doubled as drainage. These stepping stones allowed pedestrians to cross the street without getting wet. Wheels of chariots could pass between the stones. This is a major street, with 3 stepping stones. A single stone indicates a one way street while a pair of stepping stones, a two way street.
The bakery, complete with a huge brick oven.
Fresh water supply is paramount in everyday life and there no lack of it in the ancient city.
The Stabian Baths.
The decorated ceiling of the Stabian Baths.
Plaster cast of victims.
Ancient GPS, in the explicit shape of a pen** leading to the brothels.
So here we are at The Lupanar, the biggest brothel in Pompeii. Above each room, are frescoes of the prostitutes or ancient porn. The rooms are really tiny, complete with brick or stone beds (matters not included).
The Temple of Jupiter and the fearsome Mount Vesuvius.
Did you know that Naples was the birthplace of pizza? After touring Pompeii, be sure to check out the wood-pizza at the cafe nearby-it’s absolutely divine!