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.

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
Mount Vesuvius

Pompeii was actually spared a greater tragedy as in AD 62 there was a major earthquake, which resulted in the evacuation of many of its 20,000 residents.

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 shit 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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