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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where our stunning imagery will transport you to the heart of Pompeii, allowing you to experience the irresistible allure of this captivating destination: – Pompeii was an ancient Roman city that was buried under a thick layer of volcanic ash and pumice when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE. It was in the region of Campania, near the modern city of Naples in Italy. Pompeii was a prosperous and cosmopolitan city, with a population of about 12,000 people at the time of the disaster. It had a complex urban plan, with public buildings, temples, theatres, baths, shops, and private houses. Pompeii was also a centre of culture and commerce, with a flourishing trade in wine, oil, and fish sauce. Pompeii was influenced by both Greek and Roman civilizations, as well as by the local Oscan and Etruscan peoples. Pompeii’s fate was sealed on August 24, 79 CE, when Vesuvius unleashed a violent eruption that lasted for two days. The city was engulfed by a cloud of hot gas and ash that reached a height of 20 kilometres and spread over an area of 600 square kilometres. The ash rained down on Pompeii and its neighbouring towns, such as Herculaneum and Stabiae, killing thousands of people and animals, and destroying buildings and infrastructure. The ash also preserved the city in a frozen state, creating a unique archaeological record of life in the first century CE. Pompeii remained buried and forgotten for almost 1700 years, until it was accidentally rediscovered in 1748 by a group of explorers who were digging a water channel. Since then, Pompeii has been extensively excavated and studied by archaeologists, historians, and tourists. Pompeii offers a vivid glimpse into the daily life, culture, religion, art, and society of the ancient Romans. Some of the most famous features of Pompeii include the Forum, the Amphitheater, the Villa of the Mysteries, the House of the Faun, the House of the Vettii, the Temple of Apollo, the Temple of Isis, the Lupanar (brothel), and the plaster casts of the victims. Pompeii is also famous for its frescoes, mosaics, sculptures, and graffiti, which reveal the tastes, beliefs, and opinions of the Pompeians. Pompeii is one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world, attracting millions of visitors every year. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a symbol of the power and fragility of human civilization. Pompeii is a testament to the beauty and tragedy of the ancient world, and a reminder of the destructive force of nature.

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Photo Gallery of Archaeological Park