Exploring the ruins of Pompeii

Street in the ruins of Pompeii, Italy

The ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii are located just south of Naples in Campania, Italy. Once a thriving city at the height of the Roman Empire, Pompeii was destroyed in the year 79AD by a catastrophic volcanic eruption from Mt Vesuvius, which towers above the city. The eruption sent huge waves of heat and ash down across the area, killing the residents of Pompeii instantly. Around seven meters of ash covered the city, burying and preserving it for 1700 years. The ruins were rediscovered in the 1700’s and since then have been completely excavated down to street level. Frozen in time, the well preserved ruins of Pompeii gives excellent insight into Ancient Roman life.

One rainy morning, my wife and I caught the train from Sorrento, stopping at Pompeii station which is right at the doorstep of the ruins. Umbrella in hand, we paid the 11Euro entry fee and began exploring the ancient city.

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The buildings are so well preserved that I actually felt like I was a Roman nearly 2000 years ago, walking through the aftermath of an apocalyptic event. Walking street after street I could enter peoples homes, see where they cooked and bathed, where they would have relaxed in their garden with some wine and where they would go to see a performance at the theater. I could actually see, touch and feel what it would have been like to live in those times.

Amphitheater in Pompeii, Italy

An amphitheater in Pompeii

House in Pompeii, Italy

A kitchen in Pompeii, Italy

Someone’s kitchen, or a shop?

Ruins of Pompeii, Italy

garden courtyard in Pompeii, Italy

A villa courtyard

Pottery in Pompeii, Italy

Ancient pottery

Inside a house in Pompeii, Italy

Tunnel leading to an Arena in Pompeii

The tunnel to enter the Arena in Pompeii

Inside the arena in Pompeii

Inside the arena in Pompeii

ruins in pompeii, Italy

carvings in Pompeii, Italy

Some ancient carvings

Pompeii is beautiful and haunting at the same time and I felt privileged to be allowed to wander through this ancient city. It stands as a memorial to the thousands of people who died nearly 2000 years ago.

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Have you been to Pompeii? What was your experience like?

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9 comments… add one
  • Roy Jul 12, 2011

    Great post! I remember the people sleeping in their rooms, lying exactly in the same position for over 2000 years since the volcano erupted.

    Wonderful place 🙂

    • Dean Wickham Jul 13, 2011

      Hi Roy, it is a wonderful place. It’s amazing how everything seemed to be frozen in time, keeping everything as it was 2000 years ago. Thanks

  • Kris Koeller Jul 14, 2011

    Pretty amazing place. Can’t wait to see it!

  • Nomadic Samuel Jul 15, 2011

    This place looks mesmerizing! My favorite shots were of the amphitheater, ancient treasures & tunnel.

    • Dean Wickham Jul 15, 2011

      Indeed it is! You can wander for hours and hours in awe. It’s an incredible place. Cheers Samuel.

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