Pompeii Excavations

Pompeii had a population of about 20,000, and included summer residences of wealthy Romans.  In 79 AD an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius buried the town under 4-6 m of ash and pumice over two days.  It was rediscovered in 1749. Excavations begain shortly afterwards, and were continued in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pompeii

The Forum of Pompeii


Mt. Vesuvius looms

This amphitheater was so inviting that I could not resist singing "Va Pensiero" from Verdi's "Nabbuco"


see sculptures and mosiacs from this exacavation in the Museo Nazionale Archeologico in Naples


Walking back to the train station, modern Pompeii looks quite attractive

An interesting bronze statue of a hunter, in front of a gas station.

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