Friday, July 22, 2011
Pompeii- A Truly Remarkable Place.
In 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius erupted, creating a cloud of ash that would bury the city of Pompeii in 25 meters of soil and debris. Once a thriving city of the Roman Empire, (population 20,000) it wasn't rediscovered until 1749.
The city of Pompeii makes a perfect day trip from Rome. Using high-speed rail, you're able to travel from Rome to Naples in around 70 minutes. From the Naples train station, it is an easy 25 minute ride on the Sorrento line to the Pompeii Scavi stop. Once you arrive you can purchase tickets at the main visitors entrance, where you immediate are captivated by the history and ruins that are present right in front of you!
The uniqueness of Pompeii is unlike anything you will ever come across. The city was covered for many, many years, but the majority of the city remains in much better condition than other cities of the time period(see pictures below). This brings me to my next point in that, when the city was hit by the eruption, Pompeiians were going about their normal daily routines when their bodies were hit by the volcanic surge which actually preserved them. When you look at the pictures below, you can tell that over a 2,000 year period human emotions stay the same with fear and sadness.