How can a city destructed by a catastrophic eruption of a mighty volcano be beautiful?
Pompeii is generally known for the ruins and partially burned town near modern Naples. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this town has been attracting a million tourists annually.
You can easily observe how this wonderful place was able to capture life and culture back when the city was discovered. From the residential villas, the difference between a bakery with huge chimneys sprouting from the ground, and a sex stall where murals and carvings are discreetly displayed along the corridors. Anyone who visits this place would be wary of obvious erotic frescoes, where a “clash of cultures” during the ancient Roman culture was liberal enough to discuss eroticism – - – ok, enough of the detailed introduction… next subject!
Excavations of nearly thick layers of ash covering the towns beneath it, exhibitions include resin-cast molds of people and animals to remind the people of Mount Vesuvius’ wrath during the eruption. Pillars, amphitheaters and monumental structures embrace the whole town laid out in beautiful cobble paving, which are vastly weathered from the excavations.
To date, almost two-thirds of the city has been excavated. It’s not too late to visit one of the most important destinations in Italy.
Here’s a quick tip. If you’re planning to join one of the guided tours, be prepared for a long choppy walk. Wear something comfortable, depending on the weather, but make sure you are wearing comfortable walking shoes. Pack a light gear, and load up your LC-A!