Ancient Pompeii

Near Naples is the well known Mount Vesuvius.  In 79 AD a volcano erupted and buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Before the eruption Rome’s wealthy vacationed in Pompeii. Think summer homes and entertainment.

Google Satellite view of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii.

Naples is in the top left corner. Mt. Vesuvius is top center and Pompeii is bottom right before the Google Earth credit. (About 35 km from Naples.) The map below shows where these places are in Italy relative to Rome and the surrounding countries.

Southern Italy showing Rome, Naples and Pompeii.



A central part to the life in Pompeii was entertainment in the Amphitheater.

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Walking around the amphitheater, we could see parts of very large bronze statues.

Solving the 3D puzzle of putting the head back together.

front view

rear view

with a surprise. Peek a boo!

From the arena we started to explore the excavated streets and buildings of the ancient city.

Excavated homes

excavated streets


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3 Responses to Pompei

  1. Alice Gerard says:

    Wow, those pictures are amazing to see. They are a link to a world that is long gone. They connect the present to the past.

  2. Martha says:

    I can’t imagine how they built such huge buildings back then without the machinery like today. To still be standing saysa lot. So beautiful. My husband’s family is from Naples.

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