Visiting Pompei.... a thought provoking place with a tangible sense of history that simply surrounds you
Situated just outside Naples, perhaps unluckily positioned.....a freak change of winds blew the ash cloud NW of Naples from the imposing Vesuvius that sits astride the bay. It has been very well preserved and needs a tour guide or at the very least an audio guide... a wise person one told me to get a guide for a day, then come back and visit on your own the day after... perhaps we should have listened...
It is so well preserved that children's remains can be seen in the cabinets that surround parts of the museums, the biggest collection of roman urns is still intact whilst the 'Casas' of the rich/famous are equally well preserved... with atriums and mosaic lined pools seemingly at every turn... vast boulders protrude from the main streets conjuring up images of people from yesteryear playing 'leap frog' to avoid the perils of the gutters!
We should have given this more time, but having visited Ostia Antica.... there is only so much our girls could manage... that said, the afternoon we spent in Pompei will live long in our memories..
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