Pompeii can be found in the Campania region of Italy close to Naples. When Mount Vesuvius erupted on the 24th of August, 79 AD, it buried Pompeii in ash and soot, killed 20,000 people and also preserved an ancient Roman city. The eruption took people by surprise as some were sleeping when they died. Jars and paintings have been preserved. The city was literally frozen it time. There was a lot to see and take in so let’s start.
Many businesses lined this street. You can see traces of the type of businesses that were operating here at the time. There was even a loaf of bread found in one of the ovens. I guess what shocked me the most about Pompeii is its size and to think that there remains a third that has not been excavated.
Typical Roads of Pompeii
This is a typical paved road in Pompeii. Notice where that person is standing? Those are stepping stones people used to get from one side of the street to the other.
Follow the signs…
I’m sure you’ve all heard of the erotic art found in Pompeii. Not surprising to find brothels in a city this size. But what surprised me the most was that the symbols were so prominently displayed, or maybe it was only prominent because it was brought to our attention, although you can decide for yourself. The first photo below is a phallic symbol used as a street sign. The direction the phallus is pointing indicates the direction to the brothels.
Stay tuned for more Pompeii photos on my next post.