Pompeii

Located near Naples, Mt.Vesuvius and Herculaneum.
You could spend three days here easily if you are interested in history because you are right in the centre of a city that was destroyed by the violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 25th 79AD. This page shows some photos of the area in Pompeii that I looked around and also some brief information regarding the photos etc. Click on this link if you want to get some detailed information regarding particular house numbers, street names etc:.
Destruction and re-discovery of Pompeii 79AD

When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD it covered everything and everyone in hot lumps of lava and hot ash, killing everyone where ever they were at the time.
Excavations were started by Carlo Borbone in 1748 when and where ever he decided to dig. In 1861 Guiseppe Fiorelli started excavating in a more systematic way and he also started making plaster casts of the bodies he found. Pompeii was a very busy place at the time of the eruption in 79AD. Apart from the people who lived there, there was a continuous stream of sailors coming and going due to the fact that Pompeii was a main shipping port.

The theatre seats approx.1,000 people.
(bring your own cushions to sit on)
The area that is now grassy on the right hand side is where the stage used to be years ago & ran the full width of the theatre              

The three openings in the wall at the back of the stage area are where the actors would appear from when it was their time to be on the stage.

The roads were made up of large blocks and footpaths were approx. 200mm above road level

There are deep grooves in some parts of the  roadway caused by the wheels of heavy carts and chariots.

Stepping stones were set in the road so that when it rained people didn’t get their shoes/sandals wet.

Drains were set in between the stepping stones and the water drained into underground ducts.

The main streets were approx.4 metres wide and straight.

The communal baths had heated water and underfloor heating in the changing areas. The water was collected in a reservoir when it rained, transferred to a large container and heated by fire underneath then finally run off into the bathing pool and the underfloor system in the changing rooms. The male and female baths were in separate areas in one large building.

The communal baths were a meeting place to
discuss anything and everything as well as
getting clean and fresh.
This hole in the roof is to allow the rain in
and fill the pool. 
The male changing room is well decorated
and has recesses for oils and potions etc. 
This is the roof and as you can see,
the colours are still quite vivid. 

This photo shows the area under the changing room
floor where the hot water flowed to heat the room.

As Pompeii was a major sea port, there were many sailors looking for female company and a night out. The photos above are of a single bed on the left and a double bed on the right. These beds are in what was a 10 room brothel. (I hope they had thick matresses) On the walls and ceilings are very erotic pictures and these pictures are still very clear today. There were quite a few “oooohs” and “aaaaarhs” and the occasional “oh my goodness” when I was there.

This is an actual body encased in plaster. The head is shown in close up on the left.
The skull and teeth can be clearly seen.
As I say at the top of the page, this is just a very small look at what is on the Pompeii excavation site. Please click on the link above for much more information.

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