I have to say, that all of us really enjoyed our day in Pompeii. We got up early and drove to Pompeii from our apartment in Rome. It’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive, so not too bad of a day trip. We had no idea how big the city was. There were so many streets to explore and buildings to see. Most of the buildings were in ruins, but some like the baths were amazingly intact. It was a great glimpse into how Romans lived in 79 A.D.
Here is Lauren in front of the original city gate. Before Mt. Vesuvius errupted the sea came up to this point, and ships were docked here. You can see that there is a large and a small entrance to the city. During the day they were both open to admit traffic into this busy Roman trading city, but during the night only the smaller entrance was left open allowing for better security.
Temple of Apollo
This is a typical Roman style temple with space for worshipers outside in a courtyard. The temple was high off the ground and only the priests were allowed inside. The bronze statue is of the god Apollo and is a reproduction of the original, which is housed in the National Archeological Museum in Naples.
Fish and Produce Market
You can tell from the frescoes on the wall that this was the market were the people in Pompeii came to buy their food. In the glass cases in front of the frescoes are plaster casts of Pompeiian people who were buried in the ash.
Baths of the Forum
Looks like we Americans didn’t invent fast food after all. Right across the street from the Baths are these marble food counters. In fact, most Romans didn’t cook for themselves in their tiny appartments. The holes in the counter are where pots of food would have been placed.
House of the Faun
This was the largest house in Pompeii with 40 rooms covering a whole city block. Here Emily and Lauren are looking at a floor mosaic of the Battle of Alexander.
The streets in Pompeii are built of basalt paving stones. The center of the road is raised to allow water to run off into the gutters. Everyday the streets were flooded with water to clean them. There are small white stones, ingeniously inserted randomly between the large stones, allowing people to see the road after dark.
Pompeii’s commercial, religious and political center
You can see Mt. Vesuvius in the background.