Italy 2015; Pompeii ☼

As you’re probably aware by now I am back from my much needed break in Italy. (If not check out my Sorrento and The Isle Of Capri post.) I took lots of pictures and as promised I am going to share them with you over the coming days. Yesterday I talked about my favourite Italian adventure but it was a very difficult call because I had such an amazing time. Coming closely behind was the trip I’m going to talk about today; Pompeii.

Let me just start by saying this was definitely the part of my trip I was most looking forward to. I’ve read a lot about Pompeii, especially when I studied the Latin language in year 7, so I already have a good understanding of it’s history and of course ridiculously high expectations set by my teachers who promised it was one of the most amazing places on Earth to visit.

I was not disappointed.

For those of you who don’t know anything about the history of Pompeii and why it is so special (I’m sure there can’t be many of you that don’t) I’ll give a brief history. So if you’re already well studied on this topic please skip ahead now.

Pompeii is an ancient Roman city located roughly 8km away from Mount Vesuvius and situated in the region of Campania. Pompeii is believed to have had around 20,000 inhabitants at the time of the eruption of Mount Vesuivius, the historical event that this thriving city succumbed to, and evidence left behind shows that it was typical of Roman culture. There was a large divide between the rich and the poor, no middle class and houses preserved beneath the ash show that they were particularly organised and advanced in terms of their living. For example, the houses in Pompeii have intricate decoration and a sophisticated water delivery system. As it stands today much of Pompeii has been preserved beneath the volcanic ash, however some areas have been reconstructed to show what it would have looked like prior to the volcanic eruption. 

Here are the pictures I took:

Mount Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius
Pompei view 1
The View From The Ancient City of Pompeii
Pompeii recovered artefacts
Artefacts and Household Items Recovered From Pompeii
Pompeii recovered artefacts 1
Artefacts and Household Items Covered From Pompei
Preserved Child
The Cast of a Young Child’s Body Mummified in the Ash
The Cast of a Dog Found Preserved in the Ash
The Cast of a Dog Found Preserved in the Ash
Pompeii view 2
One of the Buildings Excavated From Beneath the Ash
Reconstructed Columns
Reconstructed Columns
Inside the bath house
Inside the Bath House
Another from Inside the Bath House
Another from Inside the Bath House
rich house 1
Wall Art Inside the House of a Wealthy Person
rich house 2
The Six Skeletons Found Inside the House
rich house 3
Underneath the Floor of the House
rich house 4
The Remains of the Mosaic Floor
rich house 5
A Wall Painting Found Inside the House
rich house 6
The Garden
water collection system
A Pool Used to Collect Clean Rain Water for Drinking
Stepping stones
Stepping Stones Laid in the Street to Prevent People Getting Their Feet Dirty and Wet
ruins of houses
The Remains of Houses and Shops Along What Would Have Been the High Street
One of Pompeii’s Two Theatres

As I’m sure you can see Pompeii certainly lived up to it’s reputation. If you’re thinking about visiting Italy you absolutely have to make time to visit, you won’t regret it. If I am ever lucky enough to go back to Italy I will definitely re-visit, and I’d love to go up Mount Vesuvius this time too.

That’s all for my Pompeii trip, but keep your eye out because tomorrow I will be talking about my trip to ROME!

Rachel x

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