Oct 1, 2013

The Ruins of Pompeii


The photos you see above are just a small fraction of what remains of the ancient city of Pompeii. Out of 9 quadrants, we had time to explore 3. The scope of this place is utterly mind blowing, and it's still not completely uncovered. Touring Pompeii was the very first stop in our last port on our fabulous Mediterranean cruise. We sailed into Naples and hopped aboard a van provided by the private tour company APTours and made our way out of Naples to enjoy a day exploring Pompeii, driving along the famed Amalfi Coast, lunching in Positano, and shopping in Sorrento. Even though we were exhausted from the 10 long days of cruising behind us, D and I were quite excited to see another beautiful part of Italy. Not to mention, our tour guide, Giuseppe (who greeted us decked out in a snazzy royal blue suit and loafers), was a total delight.

I won't bore you with the entire history of how this place came to be, but in a nutshell: Pompeii was an ancient Roman city that was completely destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The people and buildings of this thriving ancient metropolis were covered in up to 12 different layers (25 meters deep) of ash from the eruption, which rained down on them for 6 hours straight. It wasn't until 1599, over 1500 years later, that a piece of Pompeii was unearthed during a digging of an underground channel, but nothing ever came of the discovery. The first real excavations began in 1738 with the discovery of the Herculaneum. What's most interesting about the way this city was destroyed is that upon its continued unearthing, it is almost entirely intact. One of the most intact ancient city of its kind.

To be quite honest, I can't remember which gate we entered into Pompeii through. In fact, I really couldn't tell you the exact names of the remaining buildings we saw (except for the brothel, who could forget a brothel), but what I can tell you is that this place is a must see. The plaster casts of ancient Pompeians are simply bone-chilling. With Vesuvius looming over the city as constant reminder of its demise, an eerie dark feeling still lingers around its rock walls and cobblestones. I totally thought D and I would have been "ruined-out" after visiting Ephesus and Athens, but Pompeii has such a fascinating story and unique artifacts that it would have been a shame to miss out on experiencing it for ourselves. If you ever find yourself with a day to spare in Naples, make Pompeii the first attraction on your list.

24 comments:

  1. I remember reading about Pompeii when I was first getting into chapter books and I've wanted to see it for myself ever since. I'm glad I have your pretty pictures to look at in the meantime.

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  2. I love this post! I went to Pompeii a few years back and want to go back! The brothel was something else....especially with the engravings of 'manhood' on the ground pointing the way ---> It was fascinating to see the remains of those who were found, like the pregnant lady.

    Love following your blog!

    ~Victoria
    simplyanchoredblog.com

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  3. Such a beautiful place! And you my dear, look adorable as always!

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  4. I just came back from a week in Naples on Sunday, so I'll be posting a bunch of similar posts lol. I wasn't too impressed with pompei though.

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  5. That just brought back so many memories. It looks like it was pretty empty when you were there? It was almost wall-to-wall people when we visited. Still pretty amazing to see!

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  6. This is just one of the many places in the world I would absolutely love to visit and explore! I swear I'm living vicariously through all your travels...they're fascinating!

    I'm your newest follower via GFC - http://lovinglifemoore.blogspot.com

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  7. Beautiful photos! Pompeii is high on my list of places to visit in Italy, if I ever go back to that country. I think it must be really mpressive to find yourself among those ruins with the Vesuvius still watching over the ancient city. And the Amalfi Coast is another place I'd love to see :)
    Have a great day, Casey!

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  8. I visited Pompeii back in 2008 on a tour of Italy, and it was probably the stop I was most looking forward too. It's unreal. And, like you, the only specific building I remember visiting is the brothel. Lol, whoops! :P

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    1. Haha can't forget that brothel! :)

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  9. So haunting. I was there in 2007 but I really want to go back. These pictures are gorgeous and I'm glad you took the time to give a little historical background! I love history haha.

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  10. Those photos are chilling. What an amazing place.

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  11. Oh, this is too cool! I've always dreamed of visiting Pompeii... it's one of the few ruin-ish type places that's always really fascinated me. These photos just make me want to visit more :) xxx

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  12. So much history! Beautiful!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    http://acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  13. Great photos!!! It's impossible not to take tons of pics there, I think I did two rolls when I went. Yours look amazing!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Daisy! I agree...too fascinating not to photograph!

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  14. Great to see your pics of this tour and to see me and David there too! I still haven't gone through all of my pics yet, so this is a great reminder. I love seeing and reading about our trip through your eyes! So glad we had an opportunity to meet.

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  15. the destruction of Pompeii ranks up there with the Titanic on the scale of historical disasters that send me on an emotional tailspin. I remember seeing pictures of the ruins and the stone people in my ancient history class in 6th grade, and it was almost too much to handle. the poor dog was particularly traumatizing on paper - I can't imagine being there in person! I'm not sure how much of the ash statue people you got to see on your tour, but that's what my mind always thinks of in association with Pompeii.

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  16. Another amazing trip with more beautiful photos! Haunting ones this time, but still beautiful. Your photo album must be HUGE! :)

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  17. I've always wanted to visit Pompeii. But, just looking at your pictures gives me a sad heart. I think I'm too empathetic for my own good.

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  18. Out of all of your travels, I think Pompeii is the place I am most jealous of you for visiting. I love Roman archaeology and while I have been to other places in Italy, I have not been here. It is somewhere I desperately want to go!

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  19. Great post! I recently had the chance to visit Pompeii and it was just amazing!

    I've also created a post in my travel blog regarding my trip, please have a look and let me know what you think! :)

    www.albertorw.com/blog/pompeii-sorrento-from-rome

    Happy travels!

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