I had not a clue what to expect at Pompeii, yes we studied it at school, but I guess I was expecting flatter more buried ruins.
We met a local tour guide and joined the hustle and bustle of the ancient city.
Pompeii was a port city so we walked along what used to be the beach. Like all ancient Roman towns there were two arenas, if you were wealthy you could buy yourself a marble seat. The Romans of that time ate at home very little, using their homes mainly for sleeping.so we walked past the remains of the ancient fast food joints. When it rained the streets flooded so true to Roman ingenuity there were well placed stepping stones across the main road, not only did they allow you to cross without getting wet but they were well placed to allow chariots to go up and down unhindered.
The baths remained pretty much in tact and as per normal the men’s came first but they were cooler apparently women did not like cold water so they had theirs heated up quite up, umm I think I would have got myself in a bit of strife becuase it was so hot I would have gladly have jumped in the mens, apparently this is not allowed.
Speaking of lucky men the brothels were also well preserved, since alot of girls could not speak the language so they put up signs showing which favours they would perform. The men could walk up and down the street and choose from the menu as such but they did not have it all their own way, the bed were just hunks of stone not very comfortable at all.
As with all Roman towns Pompeii had a main square this had ancient pillars which did not allow chariot access to the pedestrian area. This square amazing views over Mt Vesuvius the mountain that destroyed it 79ad.
I was suprised how well they managed to excavate and preserve the ruins and how it does not look like it was buried.
Glad Mt Vesevius stayed sleeping today but showed herself in all her glory.