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19 June 2014

Pompeii


The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town/city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the commune of Pompeii. Along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, Pompeii was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Read more here

Joe and I visited the ruins but Joe loved going to there more than I did. Whenever we visited Sorrento I would spend the day shopping and sightseeing while he made what he called his yearly pilgrimage. 

There was another ruined site not far away known as Herculaneum which, unlike Pompeii, is famous as one of the few ancient cities that can now be seen in almost it's original state

Read more about Herculaneum here

Unfortunately when we visited we didn't have a camera available to take pictures of either Pompeii or Herculaneum. However, the following shots were taken by Rosanne when she and hubby visited Pompeii just the other week so I thought I would share them - with permission, of course.


























20 comments:

Ranita Sinha said...

Beautiful photographs of the remains of Pompeii..Thanks to Rosanne for letting us see the amazing architecture..the floor, the ceiling, the paintings on the wall, the pillars etc are just amazing..thanks for sharing Valerie..

Brian Miller said...

i would like to visit....w just watched the movie...which was not that great but def intense...and i have seen pictures throughout the years...

Ron said...

Valerie, I really took my time and viewed each one of these spectacular photographs (enlarged) because I wanted to see all the amazing detail that is still there after soooooo many years. As you know, I am so drawn to architecture, so I really enjoyed this post!

And what I kept imagining was how the people were dressed back then; walking through streets and various areas. Loved the photos of the baths!

Grrrreat post, dear lady. And thank you!

Have a terrific Thursday!

X to you and Joe!

Valerie said...

Ranita, you're welcome. Like you, i couldn't get over the paintings. We were assured on our first visit that the paintings had not been touched up. I wonder if modern murals would last that long.

Valerie said...

Brian, I haven't seen the movie... what's the name of it?

Valerie said...

Ron, I just had a feeling you would like these pictures. It really is amazing that the ruins are still around to be looked at. I found it a bit dusty there and as the day wore on I felt quite grubby... I didn't get that feeling in Herculaneum. I'll see if I can find some pictures of the other one.

troutbirder said...

Well done. The photos triggered happy memories of Mrs. T and my visit there. I love Roman history. Her favorite was the Isle of Capri. More "romantic" I guess....;)

Mr. Shife said...

Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing. So I accidentally clicked on your WI link and was all set to post a comment when I realized what I had done and then headed over to A Mixed Bag. But I thought I would share my remarks anyway: Hi Val. You know I would I love to come for a visit but I'm not sure England is ready for Kyle and Hayden. Then again they might cheer everyone up after England's dismal performance at the World Cup. Hope all is well. Take care Val.

Linda said...

Lovely series of photos.

Valerie said...

Matt, we'd take a chance with Kyle and Hayden... after all we need cheering up... grins.

Dan the Mountain Man said...

I would like to visit Pompeii one day. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Geraldine said...

how fascinating! thanks so much for sharing these photos Val. how lucky you were to tour there with Joe.

have a wonderful and happy summer, G

Geraldine said...

how fascinating! thanks so much for sharing these photos Val. how lucky you were to tour there with Joe.

have a wonderful and happy summer, G

Jenny Woolf said...

Interesting photos, reminded me that I would really like to go to Pompeii and Herculaneum. I've been near them very often but never made it there. Oh well, another one fot the bucket list.....

Jenny Woolf said...

Interesting photos, reminded me that I would really like to go to Pompeii and Herculaneum. I've been near them very often but never made it there. Oh well, another one fot the bucket list.....

Mel said...

Oh my....what an amazing opportunity, to be surrounded by such history. I chuckled that you preferred the shops. I'da been right there with Joe, marveling at it all. Amazing photos. Thank her for letting us have a look at it through her eyes.

CrystalChick said...

In absolute AWE of your travels. Yup, Pompei and Herculaneum, both on my list!
We saw an exhibit in Philadelphia last year called 'One Day in Pompeii' that was very fascinating. Artifacts, casts created of some body cavities found during excavation, information on what life was like, and a volcanic simulation of that last day.

Valerie said...

CrystalChick, a simulation of a volcanic eruption must have been fascinating... and scary. Must tell hubby about that... he has a fetish for visiting Pompeii so I know he will be interested.

Akelamalu said...

Love the photos Valerie. I've never been to Pompeii but hubby has. We went to the Herculaneum exhibition at The British Museum last year, it was fascinating.

Valerie said...

Pearl, I wish that exhibition would come to my area, I would love to see it. Fascinating places... that were!