"The wonderful Roman town of Pompei" Top 5 Page for this destination Pompeii by Cristian_Uluru

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Welcome to the Roman town of Pompei!!!

I wish to visit this town for many years and at the end I was able to be there.

I spent there a fantastic full day exploring the whole town and all its treasuries located in the streets and in the houses.

If you want to visit Pompei very well you must plan to spend a full day there and it is not enought. Many houses are closed to the tourists and many of them are in restauration and you can't visit them.

To explore the town is like to make a journey in the Roman town before the catastrophe of the Vesuvius

Some History...

The history of the town of Pompei is well known in all the world. I give you just a short introduction about it.

According to the recent discovery, the site of the town of Pompeii (in Italian, Pompei) was inhabited since the 7th century BC by the Osci and it was an important crossroad between Cumae, Nola and Stabiae. It was captured by the Etruscans in the 6th centiry BC and by the Greek colony of Cumae between 525 and 474 BC. In the 5th century BC it was conquered the Samnites and after the Samnite Wars (4th century), Pompeii was forced to accept the status of socium of Rome, maintaining however linguistic and administrative autonomy. After the Campanian war again Rome in 80 BC it became a Roman colony with the name of Colonia Cornelia Veneria Pompeianorum becoming very important. In this time the town grew very fast and were built many houses and monuments which you can still see nowdays like the amphitheatre, Palaestra and an aqueduct.
In the town you can see famtasti well-preserved frescoes showing the everyday life and have been a major advance in art history of the ancient world, with the innovation of the Pompeian Styles. You can see in the whole town a large collection of erotic votive objects and frescoes. At the time of the eruption, the town could have had some 20,000 inhabitants, and was located in an area in which Romans had their holiday villas. On 5th February 62 there was a terrible heartquake that destroyed part of the town. In the time between 62 and the eruption in 79, some rebuilding was done, but some of the damage had still not been repaired in 79 and many people left the town in these years. On 79 AD a big eruption damage and cover by ash the whole town. It actually found in 1599 by Domenico Fontana, who was digging a new course for the river Sarno, but it took more than 150 years before a serious campaign was started to unearth them. During the years many parts of the original town were discovered but great part of it is still under the rock.
Nowday Pompei is one the most important Italian attractions and it is now part of a larger Vesuvius National Park and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    I still have a hope to get to this great site one day and see the wonder of the excavated ruins. You have captured very well the pictures and and settings of how people lived-morte. Ciao

  • Oct 23, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Hi Cristian, Do you know what Trebio Valente did for a profession? I was curious because it is my last name and I saw the house on a trip to Pompeii and didn't know my name went back that far. Thanks

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Hi Cristian - Just beginning to tour here w/you - really stunning photos and info!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Me again, coming back a third time to look at the rest of your tips. Thanks for explaining how they made plaster casts of the victims. I see they found a statue of the emperor Caligula; I recently read Camus' play about him, and saw Glanert's opera.

  • 1courage's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Per oggi ho finito che devo dormire, domani si continua. Ma mi viene da dire che per questa pagina VT dovrebbe pagarti. Formidabile lavoro! István

  • rosegirl's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2009 at 3:28 AM

    Nice tips! very helpful : )

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2009 at 1:14 AM

    Great updatings since October, 2008. Comprehensive page about a place which I happened to visit in far 1996... A few chance to make a page of my own on the base of old analog photos, haha!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Hi Christian, I'm half-way through your Pompeii things-to-do --- but I did like the erotic paintings, hehehe (gave it a 5 star - lol); I also want to see this surgeon's house (medical tools)...Norman :)))

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Great look back at history - the theatres both small & grand look interesting & the frescos devine! Came back to see what was off the beaten path = great to see some treasures remain here

  • Nov 10, 2008 at 6:50 AM

    Excellent. i love the pictures in the Pompeii Travelogues.


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