We just got back from a trip in Naples, Sorrento, and Paestum. While we were in Naples we took a bus to visit the ancient city of Pompei. Pompei is a city full of history and adventure around every corner.
What we were able to visit was only part of Pompei because the rest of the city hasn’t been dug up. In fact, the rest of the city is under 60 feet of ash and pumice. It happened in 79 AD, when a volcano named Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed both Pompei and its sister city, Herculaneum within a two day period. The city of Pompei was lost for approximately 1700 years, before it was accidentally discovered in 1748. The buildings and artifacts that are left in Pompei give us an idea of what it looked like to live in a Roman Empire.
It’s crazy to think that most of the city of Pompei is still undiscovered, but they don’t have enough funds to dig it up. Before you walk into the city of Pompei, you will see on the sides, glass rooms with people that were found after Mount Vesuvius erupted. There is a garden in Pompei called the Garden of the Fugitives and this is a garden that holds 13 victims that were found at various places within the garden. These bodies are put inside a glass enclosure and they were found in the same positions as they are displayed to the public.
Once you actually walk into Pompei, you will see the place where the gladiators fought and then where they would practice before their fight. It was cool to see the inside of the arena and walk around.
Once we got to the city we saw what looks like a maze. This is the city of Pompei! Within the city were the Stabian Baths, Forum, sanctuaries, theater, restaurants, and more! We enjoyed walking around and imagining what life looked like back then. When we were given free time to explore the city we broke into smaller groups and visited some of those places on our own.
The Forum is a neat place to visit because it was the core of the city life. It is the focal point for all the buildings and it’s where people would trade items, do business, and worship. The Stabian Baths which date back to the 2nd century BC, are the oldest baths that historians know of the Roman world. In the Stabian Baths, there were different dressing rooms for men and women as well as different baths. They had a frigidarium (cold bath), tepidarium (warm bath), and calidarium (hot bath). The heating system was through pipes in the wall and double floors that took the air from the furnaces and mobile braziers.
Everyone in my group had a lot of fun exploring Pompei. Even though it was hot when we visited, Pompei had water fountains for tourists to drink from. They are set up randomly throughout the city and you can refill your water bottle with cold water at any water fountain.
*All photos taken by Le Petit Traveler