Visiting Pompeii is something we have been looking forward to for a long time, so when our son asked us if we could go and visit the ruins, we were there!

Pompeii, a sophisticated Roman city, which was buried under 13 to 20 feet of volcanic ash and pumice when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, was believed to be founded in the sixth or seventh century BC by the Oscans and came under Roman domination in the 4th, eventually colonized in 80 BC. It was a port city with a complex water system, sauna, amphitheater, and gymnasium. Just across the bath houses or saunas were bars. Houses with water pipelines, fountains in a lot of corners and bath houses were fed water thru an aqueduct. A lively and prosperous city during it’s time, everything came to a halt that fateful day in August 24, 79. After Mt. Vesuvius’ eruption, the town was lost for 1,500 years until its rediscovery under the ashes in 1599.    

Walking thru the ruins, we can only imagine how lively and bustling this city must have been in its glory days.

Poppies abound among the ruins.

The imposing Mt. Vesuvius overlooks at the ruins.

A carved drawing like this one pointed sailors to where the brothels were.

Bars were popular to the patrons of bath houses across them.

Masterpieces of renowned sculptor Igor Mitoraj were on display when we were there.

Bath houses have walls and roofs with indentations on them so that when water evaporates and condenses, it flows thru these indentations back down to the tubs or pools.

Beautiful potteries were excavated from the ruins.

Forever encapsulated, this person was found in one of the corners of the ruins seemingly protecting his nose from the ashes with a piece of cloth.

Some of the houses have tiled floors.