|Mount Vesuvius in the distance|
Fifteen hundred (1500) years later, Pompeii was rediscovered and explorers found that most of the objects laying beneath the surface did not deteriorate and instead were well preserved due to lack of air and moisture. Excavations produced skeletons, buildings, cobblestone streets, pottery, artifacts, mosaic floors - an entire city underground.
Pompeii was a thriving commerical business center and community until the eruption. The city includes several restaurants, a food market, baths, a mill, a hotel, a bar, a brothel, an ampitheatre and two theatres and a sophistcated aqueduct system that provided water for the town - even the houses.
We visited Pompeii on a sweltering day in October. We could have spent days exploring this site but due to the heat and a long drive ahead of us, instead spent about four hours walking around. We rented audio guides, which helped us navigate the carefully mapped grounds. I highly recommend carrying water and wearing a hat as there is very little shade! When we visited, we paid 11E each to enter the ruins and 10E for two audio guides.
Here are some photos of the ruins. To learn more about Pompeii, click here. Thanks for reading!