Pompeii

20 July 2015

We visited the impressive ancient city of Pompeii in Campania. 

Its destiny is famous all over the world: The city of Pompeii was destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 meters of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The eruption destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of ash.

Today it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with approx. 2.5 million visitors every year.

Pompeii

Pompeii

Due to the thick layer of ash and pumice and therefore lack of air and moisture, Pompeii has been well-preserved for centuries. It gives an extraordinarily detailed and unique insight into city-life during the Roman times.

Pompeii

Pompeii

Walking through Pompeii you really feel like walking through the streets of a Roman city. An extraordinary and interesting experience!

Pompeii

During the excavations in 1863 Giuseppe Fiorelli invented a technique to recreate the forms of the victims of the volcanic eruption. Seeing this makes you realise the terrible impact of the eruption.

Pompeii

Pompeii

They started replanting vineyards in Pompeii using the same ancient grape varieties, viticulture and winemaking techniques of that period. In the background you can see the Vesuvius.

Pompeii

The entire site is really big, so we had to choose which places we want to visit. For more historical information we used an audioguide, but you can also hire a private guide.

Pompeii

From the ancient ‘main square’ you have a wonderful view on the Vesuvius, reminding you of the catastrophe that happened about 2000 years ago.

Pompeii

Pompeii