Our guide Tony who has a weakness for limoncello.
And he took us on a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and most popular tourist destination in Italy:
The Ruins of Pompeii
This amazing site attracts over 250 million visitors per year!
It’s much larger than I imagined
And it provides a well preserved snapshot of Roman life that had been buried for 1,600 years.
A street sign directing you to the “Red Light” district of town
Interestingly the better maintained parts of Pompeii ruins are the brothels
where there were graphic user interfaced walls that the customer could point for specific services
So much to see and so little time! It would take a good week to really check this place out!
A plaster cast of a Pompeiian caught in the moment.
A preserved foot
… and part of a skull
Never really liking history in the 4th grade, the whole concept of the Vesuvious eruption and people getting buried alive in volcanic ash was probably the first time I actually paid attention in class. I’m sure I had insisted on a now long-forgotten pilgrimage to these ruins and now that I’ve been there, I am glad I was able to make this journey. This place is amazing! Really, it is!
The dogs might be there to “protect” the city, but it seems they prefer to sleep in the streets. They hardly move; they appear dead.
They are stray animals and while some groups are working on having them removed from the ancient city, they are kept well fed by the tour guides who pitch in to help.