The Time I Toured The Ruins of Pompeii, Italy!

My dad was stationed in Naples, Italy for a few years and my my mom and little sister followed along as well. I was excited because I was going to visit them for Christmas back in 2010!
So I packed my bags, made sure I had my passport along with any other important documents, and then I was on my way to Italy! Woo hoo!

While I was there, we took a tour of the Ruins of Pompeii!

Mount Vesuvius which is a volcano near the Bay of Naples Italy had an huge eruption back in 79 AD. The eruption ended up burying the city of Pompeii under a bunch of volcanic ash!

2,000 people died and the city was abandoned for thousands of years until a group of explorers discovered it in 1748. They found that despite all of the debris from the eruption, the city of Pompeii was mostly intact. The explorers discovered that the ash had acted as a preservative for remains of the city!

I have a bunch of pictures to share with you! Check em out!

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Mount Vesuvius
 
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Forma Urbis Pompeiorum
 
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Villa Imperiale
 
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Villa Imperiale and Marina Gate on bottom right
 
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I believe this was in Villa Imperiale as well
 
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Another view of Villa Imperiale with Marina Gate on left
 
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Villa Imperiale
 
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Villa Imperiale
 
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Another view of Villa Imperiale
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Impluvium in the center of the atrium
 

Impluvium was a sunken part in the atrium used for collecting rainwater for daily usage to the residents of the house.

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Exploring the ruins of The Basilica
 
The Basilica was a place for large groups of people to come together and talk business and handle legal matters. It’s also known for being a market where people traded with one another. The Basilica was located in the Forum which was the main square of the city.

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The Basilica (our tour guide is in right corner by the way with skully cap)
 
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More Ruins
 
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The Basilica
 
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The Forum
 
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Fast food establishment known as a Thermopolium
 
A Thermopolium was a bar style restaurant where people went to grab a quick bite to eat. There were so many located around the city that residents didn’t cook!

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Dog cast preserved from Mount Vesuvius eruption
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Human cast
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Human cast
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The Basilica
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The Basilica
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More Ruins
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Via dell’ Abbondanza with Mount Vesuvius in the background

Via dell’ Abbondanza was the main street in Pompeii. If you look closely in the picture above, you can see the stepping stones that were used when crossing the street to avoid stepping in any waste that was washed down the passageway.

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Another impluvium
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Atrium with impluvium in ground and compluvium in roof

The compluvium aided in collecting the rainwater into the impluvium.

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Oven in Pompeii house
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Thermopolium
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Oven in Pompeii
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More Ruins
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Reconstructed wine press carved in the form of a Ram’s head located in the Villa of Mysteries

The wine press was used by being raised and lowered, using pressure to obtain the final extraction of juices from the pre-trodden grapes.

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Villa of Mysteries

The Villa of Mysteries was best known for having one of the most important decorative fresco collections in the Roman world!

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Another House (sorry for the blurriness)
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“Exit”
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Another house with pool
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More Ruins
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Enjoying paintings in the Villa of Mysteries
 

It was so interesting to see how the structure of all the buildings used to be. As you can see, everything was built very well since there was so many structures still standing despite the eruption. It was so awesome to be able to experience the city of Pompeii in person. I can tell it was a beautiful, lively city when everything was in one piece.

I would recommend taking this tour if you ever get the opportunity to visit Italy!

Can you believe I also took a trip to the Island of Capri too?! Well I have a blog coming up about that! So if you’re interested, don’t wander too far away! =)

Sources:

Eruption of Pompeii

Basilicas in Pompeii

Thermopolium in Pompeii

Via dell’ Abbondanza

Villa of Mysteries

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