Unquestionably our most touristy endeavor, Pompeii, however, managed to live up to all expectations. Located about an hour North of Sorrento, Pompeii is the city of ancient Greek and Roman ruins that was destroyed in 79 A.D. by the volcano, Mt. Vesuvius. The most surprising aspect of Pompeii was its size. It’s massive! Containing its own temples, colosseum, market, theatre, as well as one of the first known aqueducts, providing its citizens with fresh running water on the streets, and the richer citizens running water in their homes.
Again though, much like all great history, it’s the little things that stand out. It’s the stories of robbers attempting to rob the homes after the eruption only to be trapped and killed by the volcanic ash. It’s the image of the wine bar, once filled with people who lived by the principle that wine is safer than water, and therefore drank it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And it’s the dogs, the Dogs of Pompeii, apparently the first inhabitants to return after the destruction, and the ones that still linger on the grounds today, cohabitating with the two million tourists a year and the employees who maintain and continue to excavate some of the world’s most ancient ruins.
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