Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Today we checked another item off our bucket list by visiting the ruins of Pompeii. There is no way to fully express the depth and scale of this incredible place so I'll just simply say that if it's not on your bucket list, put it there and if it is, get there!
The weather was at an all time low, unfortunately, but our trusty raingear helped us fulfill the good Swedish truism, there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. Mostly it was just blustery and not raining, so there are small things to be thankful for.
We had heard that a guided tour is really worth it but unfortunately, there were not enough takers for an English tour so we ended up with the audio guide which actually worked out just fine. What is clear is that you could take an entire semester long class on Pompeii and likely not learn everything there would be to learn about this remarkable city. For starters, it is HUGE.
It is quite amazing to think about how very old this place is.
The baths were especially impressive and highlighted the genius behind the ways in which the Romans built intensive systems to heat floors and water.
The forum was impressive in size and one could easily imagine the bustle of people and chariots buzzing around this area.
One mosaic floor has been replaced with a replica.
set over the stones protruding from the wall) made me happy for my modern plumbing but to be fair, Italy could invest in some toilet seats for the public bathrooms.
Both the small theater and the large amphitheater were impressive.
The Romans liked their entertainment!
An interesting casting process was employed to create casts of people who were lost in the eruption. Fascinating but wow, also incredibly sad. It is truly hard to imagine what it must've been like to be going out about your business and suddenly be hit with a rush of hot mud and volcanic ash. One can only hope that death came quickly.