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.
A mosaic tile floor in a villa
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 -
•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
• Not to miss - the gorgeous rocky coast of Italy's Cinque Terre
• More from my summer traveling Europe - amazing Rome