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Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius

Destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD, Pompeii was one of the most important commercial centers during Roman age.
Buried in ashes and pummice it was discovered in 1600 but the real work of excavation just began around 1800 and continues until today.

Most of the the site is now uncovered and its best mosaics and frescoes were led to the Archeological Museum in Naples - but yet there is so much for us to see there.

The eruption had two phases: first, on 24 august, "where material was ejected in a tall column, spread in atmosphere and fell to earth like rain" and second, on 25 august, "where material flowed down the sides of the volcano as fast-moving avalanches of gas and dust, called pyroclastic flow"
Due to the peculiarities of this eruption, the deposits of ash and pummice of the first phase acted as a shield for the lower structures of the buildings from the effects of the pyroclastic flow that followed.

Thanks to this, unlike many other archeological sites, Pompeii seems to be frozen in time. One almost expects its people to come back home "from work" at any moment...
( I must admit I felt a little bit intrusive there ).

The excavations reveal much about those ancient people and their ways of life. And is quite a journey to walk around and realize how close to us - despite all the centuries passed by - are some of their habits... family pictures on the walls, grafittis on buildings, fast food ( tavola calda ).

Here, if you are interested on the subject, is a link I've found on internet about volcanic phenomena at pompeii

I spent only one afternoon at Pompeii and It was a little bit frustrating not having enough time to see it all...
At least, I made myself a promise of going back some day...


Fake eruption signs....:o)


On my way back - from Praiano to Naples train station - there were these few suggestive thin clouds in the sky.... right above the crater of Mt. Vesuvius... brrrrrrrrr


  • Last visit to Pompeii: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Aug 24, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Pompeii is very interesting place to visit. Thousands of people visit the city of Pompeii each and every year and fulfill their goals to explore the city. europevoyage.net/pompeii-tou...

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    Feb 5, 2006 at 12:33 PM

    Great info and fascinating pics.... can't wait to check it out for myself.

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2006 at 12:25 PM

    What an interesting place! I hope to visit someday

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2005 at 9:54 AM

    Thanks for a revisit of Pompei--it was a eerie place, but one that captures the true life of its ancient people. Your photos and commentary were excellent!

  • mapakettle's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2005 at 11:22 PM

    Great pages Denise. Precise, and to the point. Thank you for sharing. Pa

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2005 at 5:31 AM

    Fascinating place!! Thanks for sharing!

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2005 at 4:16 AM

    Wonderful site. I feel only my big toe touched Pompei!

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    Jan 2, 2005 at 12:39 PM

    Denise, You did very well in a half a day. I love trying to imagine what everyday life must have been like. There is so much to see in Italy, I think we must move there. You never know! Thanx for the great tour...Tom

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    Dec 12, 2004 at 6:49 PM

    Denise, mais uma otima pagina sobre a Bella Italia. Apesar de eu nao conhecer Pompeii, minha esposa ficou lembrando da viagem dela... thanks for sharing! Ale

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    Oct 19, 2004 at 1:12 PM

    What a fascinating place, I've been researching about the frescoes from Pompei recently, so beautiful. Wonderful page, and thank you for your kind comments!


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