Thursday, April 7, 2011

From my summer in Europe - amazing Pompeii

Without a doubt, Pompeii should definitely not be missed if visiting that part of Italy. I knew quite a bit about it before I ever saw it because I studied Latin in high school and it is Pompeii that gave us such a good knowledge of Roman life. I had no idea, however, how big the site is and how well preserved some buildings and artifacts are.

Here are some pictures from our day in Pompeii... (you can click on any image for a larger version)

If this peaks your interest definitely read wikipedia's Pompeii page for a good overview of the city's life and demise

From the town forum

A courtyard in a villa

A view of a street in Pompeii. Amazing no?

In a building they've been collecting artifacts they find to put on display. These are mostly wine vessels, but they've included a few plaster casts of the indentations left be people who died in the eruption.



A small shrine of some sort

On the outskirts of Pompeii is one of it's most famous sites - the Villa of Mysteries

This amazing fresco depicts woman's transition from a girl to a married woman. This initiation chamber is what has made the Villa of Mysteries so unique and important.

A porch in front of the Villa of Mysteries

A typical paved street of Pompeii.

An interior

A mosaic tile floor in a villa

The amphitheatre

Another theater is still used for performances

Hope you enjoyed! Anyone here been to Pompeii? Thoughts?


Here's a list of all my posts from our travels that I've published -

Spain

•Introduction to my European backpacking trip and a list of places we visited
Galicia - Baiona and Isle de Cies
Galicia - the coast, some charming vineyards, and Pontevedra
Santiago de Compostela and gorgeous hidden beaches
Gorgeous mountain lakes of Picos de Europa
Stunning mountains - Picos de Europa
Bilbao and San Sebastian
Beautiful Barcelona
The amazing Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona
Art Nouveau dream house by Gaudi in Barcelona

Italy

Not to miss - the gorgeous rocky coast of Italy's Cinque Terre
More from my summer traveling Europe - amazing Rome

4 comments:

K said...

We just studied Pompeii in my ancient history class so it was fun to see these pictures.

Maggie @ Cheneyhome said...

Absolutely agree that Pompeii is a must see. My husband lived in Rome in college and then we honeymooned there. We spent quite a few hours at Pompeii and still could have seen more. I find it fascinating!

Also, my husband studied Latin in high school - good to know he wasn't the only one. :)

Barbara@HausDesign said...

Thank you for the tour! That frescoe in particular really caught my eye. Even though I have been to Italy many times I have never made it to Pompeii. It has such an intriguing history...it's definitely on my list!
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Cynthia Banks said...

Thank you for the beautiful pictures. I was in Pompeii two years ago and it was awe inspiring to walk among such history.

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