Photo Highlights — By Mary Jo Manzanares on August 7, 2010 at 11:56 pm
Filed under: featuredphoto, Italy, Ruins, UNESCO world heritage sites

Walk the Ruins of Pompeii

The city of Pompeii (map), located near Naples, Italy (map) was destroyed during a 2-day eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.  The city was buried under ash and pumice, and for nearly 1700 years was presumed lost.  In the mid 1700’s it was discovered, and an excavation of the site gave the world a glimpse of what life was like during the height of the Roman Empire.

Ruins at Pompeii April 2008

Pompeii is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has become a popular tourist attraction with millions of visitors each year.  You can wander the ruins, getting a feel for how the city was laid out before the eruption.  Some building were totally destroyed, while others were left intact.  The surviving artwork is impressive as well.

Pompeii Building

During the spring and summer months the ruins are open from 8:30 am – 7 pm, an dduring the fall and winter it closes at 5 pm.  You can take the Circumvesuviana train to the Pompei stop, and then walk from the station to the ruins.  A one-day admission will cover 5 sites:  Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Stabiae, and Boscoreale.

Inside of house at Pompeii

Wear comfortable walking shoes to explore the ruin, as the site is hilly with uneven paths.  Small children may find it difficult to walk on the uneven terrain, and it will be a real struggle with a stroller.

artistic columns Pompeii

An audio guide is available for a small additional charge.  You can use it match up with a lot the key sites throughout the ruins, and it helps put things into historical context.  It’s also helpful to explain and describe the remaining art and architecture.

Mt Vesuvius overlooks Pompeii

And above it all, Mount Vesuvius still towers over the city.  It looks benign, but just take a look at the ruins of Pompeii before you make the mistake of underestimating its power.

Photo credits: Mary Jo Manzanares

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