A day beneath Vesuvius

We entered Naples by train and caught the local circumvesuviana train to Pompei Scavia.

The crowds were somewhat lightened by the time we arrived in the afternoon, though the heat of the August sun made us grateful for shade whenever we found it. The size of the site is significant. It is a full city that was buried in ash, so it covers several square miles, with hundreds of streets. Not all building are equally well preserved, and many of the first excavated houses were stripped of their wall paintings in the 18th century. Despite the dust, several of the homes look as they did when they were last used in August of 79 AD. The courtyard gardens in many homes have been replanted using clues from the seeds and landscaping that were found beneath the ash. The market, street side restaurants, temples, theatre and baths are also able to be viewed.

It is an odd feeling to walk through someone’s living room, bedroom and garden to see the way they had decorated their home in the latest style of wall painting. I wonder what people would say walking through my old house.

Boy was interested in the first street, but quickly tired. He wasn’t all that sure that Vesuvius wouldn’t erupt again, and was quite happy to leave.

Our schoolbooks:


The streets of Pompeii


A house interior


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