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Remarkably Preserved Pompeii

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Before we drove to Amalfi we made a stop in Pompeii, the town at the base of Mount Vesuvius that was buried when the volcano erupted in 79 AD. Because it was buried under ash, the town is remarkable preserved. Our visit started off slow when we realized we were inside and didn't have a map or audioguide and there are no signs whatsoever to give you an idea of what you're looking at. George had to backtrack outside the entrance to find us the audioguides, which we normally do not get but here it was definitely a good investment (and also the only way to get a map!). Inside we were met with the most amazing ancient Roman city - yes, it feels like you are walking down the actual city of nearly 2,000 years ago it is that well preserved. One of our first stops was an ampitheatre, where out of the blue some Asian tourists burst out in a sponatneous Italian opera song! The entire place erupted in applause when they were done, it was fantastic!

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Seconds before the lovely opera

We walked around for about 4 hours and although it was very tiring it was completely amazing. Particularly haunting were the moulds of the actual people who were buried under the ash in the same position they had died in trying to escape. This is one place that cannot be described and although pictures don't do it justice, it is probably the only way to convey the magic of it all.

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Not sure if there were audioguides 2000+ years ago

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Far more moving in person

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Bring back the mules to turn the wheat grinder, I need to make more bread!

Posted by jgjourney 18:57 Archived in Italy

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