Pompei is a city in Campania, Italy and has one of the most interesting sites I have ever visited “the ruins of Pompeii”. It has also The Shrine of our Lady of Pompeii, dedicated to our Lady of the Rosary, which is a site for Catholic pilgrimages.
The ruins of Pompeii are located in the zone of Pompei Scavi. Once there, you’ll feel transported back to a city frozen in time where everything is still preserved as it was two thousand years ago. On 24 August 79 AD, the volcano Vesuvius erupted burying Pompeii and surrounding areas in ash, killing around 3,000 people who could not have fled like the rest of the population of 20,000 people.
Pompeii is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE Site and has been a popular destination for over 250 years.
William Abbott explains “At the time of the eruption, Pompeii has reached its high point in society as many Romans frequently visited Pompeii on vacations.”
Nowadays, Pompeii offers a snapshot of Roman life in the 1st century. Because of the lack of air and moisture; objects that lay beneath the city have been preserved. Everyday life’s details as well as the baths, the forum, the houses and villas remain well-maintained.
It is actually possible to see the exact position the person was in at the moment of death because, during the excavation, the voids in the ash layers that once held human bodies was filled with “plaster”.
Discovering Pompeii and its ruins can take up to a whole day.
Try not to miss the Amphitheatre near the Sarno Gate entrance used for gladiator battles, sports and spectacles involving wild animals. It measures 135×104 meters and could contain up to 20,000 people.
As you continue your visit, look for the Forum, found in the southeast of the area, the theater, the Basilica where justice was administrated and trade was carried on. The Gymnasium (the great Palaestra) with a pool in the middle which can be found at the opposite of the Amphitheatre was used for sporting activities. Forum Granary where plaster casts of people who could not make it out alive are stored. The oldest remains can be found at the Temple of Apollo.
While walking the streets of Pompeii, you’ll notice that there are tracks for the carriages and stone blocks for pedestrians. The streets are straight and laid out in a grid with polygonal stones. You can find houses and shops on both sides of the street, as for the bars, you’ll instantly know them because they have counters with three to four holes.
Before you leave Pompeii, try your best not to skip “the garden of fugitives” located at the South East side, you’ll see the plaster casts of several victims where they originally fell.
After your visit, you’ll have the feeling of actually being there two thousand years ago.
In 2014, Pompeii movie was released and what a great feeling I had when I watched it especially after seeing for real the ruins of Pompeii.
Pompei a city to be discovered!