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The living history book of Pompeii

I was really excited to go to Pompeii as it had been on my list for some time. I love to visit places that I’ve learned about in school and are a real tangible piece of history.

Ruins of Pompei
Ruins of Pompeii

What makes it so fascinating is the fact that it’s so much bigger than you expect. It is almost like a village, whereas I thought that only a much smaller area would have survived.

So, let’s talk about what happened that day in AD 79 when Vesuvius erupted, which preserved Pompeii under a layer of lapilli (fragments of burning pumice stone).

Mount Vesuvius in Naples
Vesuvius, the volcano of Naples in Italy with the Vesuvian towns.

When the eruption happened 17 years later, 2000 people died. Their bodies can be found in a museum in Naples.

Nowadays, dogs live there so that elevated it for me. In 2018, a travel blogger got in trouble for posting a picture of himself sat on a pillar. Will these bloggers ever learn? Would you do that in a museum? He did apologise and made a donation so fair play to him.

I do highly recommend this incredibly preserved piece of history. I love to leave a capital city until the last so I left to explore the magnificent city of Rome for yet more ruins and yet more fantastic history.

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