Photo One: These are actually tombs on the outside of the city that archeologists have excavated.  With a bigger picture, you would be able to see more of the ash that surrounded them.  There was about three meters of ash on top of Pompei, not a lot compared to Ercolano which had about 30 meters.


Photo Two: This is the old gladiator arena.  Nothing too special, but it’s pretty cool to think about.


Photo Three: This is one of the amphitheaters that Pompei had (the bigger one) – in fact, it is still used today for various shows.  They really knew how to build theaters back then because our guide stepped in the exact center, where the speaker/actor would be, and you could hear his voice, at a normal level, around the entire area.


Photo Four: Ever wondered what an ancient bar looked like?  Well, this is one – they would put different concoctions in the round holes, and you could come along and get a drink.


Photo Five: Just a nice view up one of the streets.  You may have noticed how high the sidewalks are and the three stones in the middle.  Pompei didn’t have a sewage system, so they just threw everything out into the street.  The three stones were used to step across all of the garbage/waste without getting dirty.  Another little tidbit, they used lead piping in Pompei.


Photo Six: In the house that we went into, murals were still painted on the walls with surprisingly bright colors for how long they have been exposed.


Photo Seven: This is the house that we went into – as you can see, it is in pretty good condition.  There was a room where excavators had dug deep enough to show that this current building was built on top of another one.  Pretty interesting, especially because you could see the murals on the former house’s walls.


Photo Eight: The bathhouse building was very crowded so we didn’t get to spend much time inside.  However, this was one of the decorations on the outside.


Photo Nine: There were two corpses found inside the bathhouse – I believe that this one is the one who archeologists think was a servant/slave.  Anyway, quick note here (but more in my Ercolano post), only one wave of toxic gas from the volcano hit Pompei.  This toxic gas simply killed people but didn’t burn their skin or anything, which is part of the reason why we have these complete corpses.


Photo Ten: A beautiful head on top of a fountain/water reservoir – these were scattered throughout Pompei.


Photo Eleven: Just a quick shot of the ruins through a rusty gate – many parts of Pompei were not accessible.


Photo Twelve: And there lies the majestic Vesuvio beyond the ruins of Pompei!  (A very iconic shot right here, minus all the tourists.)  But, we were told, Vesuvio used to be two thousand meters higher than it is now.  When it exploded, part of the top was blown off, and part of the mountain shifted to create a second peak.  However, that does not mean the next explosion will be any less dangerous.  In fact, the next explosion of Vesuvio will be one of the, if not the, most dangerous explosions to humanity because of Napoli, which lies right below it.  So many people live in Napoli that it will be a very big catastrophe, and, not to be pessimistic or anything, but it will happen because Vesuvio is still active.


Photo Thirteen: I’m not quite sure what this is.  I just wandered over to it because I thought it was pretty cool looking and very intact.


Photo Fourteen: Another nice shot of Vesuvio with some shade and ruins.


Photo Fifteen: This is when we were leaving Pompei, and it just shows an outside look at the ruins.

The following day, after Caserta and Sorrento, we headed over to the ruins of Pompei and Ercolano.  Pompei was our first stop of the day, and, thankfully, it wasn’t too hot because, as our guide put it, Pompei can literally be hell since there is very little shade around.  Unfortunately, the tourists were out in force, and it was hard to move around some of the ruins.  Two interesting facts before I talk about the pictures (a little different in this post since I feel I should explain them): WWII destroyed about 15% of the ruins, and there is still about 30% left to uncover.  Regrettably, there is little money to excavate the remaining portion, and it is hard enough to keep up with everything that there is.  If you hadn’t noticed, I described each picture a little underneath the picture just to give a little more information.  (taken 3.10.2014)