16 April 2011

Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii is a Unesco Heritage Site. It was destroyed and completely buried during the catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius on August 24 AD 79. The volcano collapsed higher roof lines and buried Pompeii under many meters of ash and pumice. It was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental discovery in 1748.

The volcanic ash hardened and the buried bodies decomposed, leaving hollows in the ash in the shape of the bodies. Archeologists poured liquid plaster into the hollows, recreating the people at the moment of their deaths. Sadly, you can see adults trying to protect their young children while attempting to flee.

Pompeii is a short trip from Naples, Italy which we visited in 2007.  It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes because it will take hours of walk which includes uphills. Once you have bought your ticket, you will also be given a guidebook with maps and important relics inside. The view of Mount Vesuvius is a very nice sight from Pompeii.

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