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A DIVE INTO THE PAST: POMPEI - FIRST PART

written by Dave Mitchell

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BRIEF HISTORY OF POMPEI
Pompei, found in Italy, is a resort town that is situated in the Roman Empire. It is located in the Campania region in the Bay of Naples, south of Mt. Vesuvius (a volcanic mountain). It was founded by Oscans (Latin people) from the Pompey gen.Most probably, the name Pompei must have originated from these people. 

In the 90 BC, Rome conflicted with her allies hence a number of towers were constructed. These towers were used to withstand a siege by the Sulla’s forces. A number of building were constructed here in the 100 years which followed and these included baths, temples, and theaters (an amphitheater and an aqueduct).

After a span of 10 years, the town experienced a great loss when a terrible earthquake shook it (it had experienced a volcanic eruption earlier). Some attempts were made to restore it but only to result to more deaths due to the pockets of escaping gas. The site was abandoned although the Civita settled towards the north on the ashes.

Currently, Pompei is the world’s most experienced in the practices of archaeology and preservation. It is among the list of the most visited tourist attraction centers worlwide. 44 hectares out of the 66 hectares (area covered by Pompei) which were affected have been excavated. The 22 have been left so as to be used by the future generations.

HOW TO GET TO POMPEI
Pompei is served by the Naples International Airport. It is just 29 KM away from the central part of Pompei. It is the most preferred one because of its closeness to Pompei relative to the other nearby ones. Currently, over 50 airlines are operating out of the Naples Aiport. 
If unable to find yourself a direct flight to this airport you can use Ciampino-G.B. Pastine International Airport (230KM away in Rome, Italy) or Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport (253 KM away in Bari, Italy).
Once in italy, you can decide on the best means of transport to Pompei and the available ones include bus (SITA bus is most preferred), car or train.

WHAT TO SEE IN POMPEI

It is located to the excavated area found to the eastern corner near to the Sarno Gate entrance. It measures 135 meters by 104 meters and has got a capacity of 20,000 people. Of all amphitheaters found in the whole world, this is the oldest and the best preserved. The main activities it was used to host included the gladiator battles, spectacles involving wild animals and other sports. 

Of the three main public baths found in Pompei the one found here are the smallest. They are located inside the archaeological area of the town. Despite their size, they have got everything that is used for the full bathing ritual. The Forum had two sections, one for men and the other for women and each had its own entrance. The frigidarium is in the first chamber and it is where customers (tourists in our case) take a cold birth. A warm birth is also afforded here but in the tepidarium. The other beautiful places to see here include the apodyterium, the courtyard, a Stucco Giant in the tepidarium, the Blazier located in the tepidarium, the Calidarium and the Cold Water Bath that is located in the Calidarium.

It is found behind the amphitheater and occupies a very large area. It measures 141 meters by 137 meters. It is a public area that is used as a public gymnasium and a ground for exercises. It was specifically meant for youths and men who participated in sporting activities like wrestling, swimming, discus and for running. At its center is a large swimming pool. The Palaestra has 10 gates and a big wall that is surrounds it. It is a very outstanding monument that is worth seeing in a life time. Its three sides have got lengthy internal colonnades.

This building is located in the corner of two spirits and was built with two storeys. Of all the brothels in Pompei, this is the biggest and most popular. It is also the most visited building on the site with a lot of queues of tourists who are eagerly waiting for their turns to have glimpse of the inside of the Lupanar. Inside it are small rooms with stone beds and some naughty pornographic drawings on the walls that indicate the type of services available in the building.

There are other more great places that you should visit before leaving Pompei. Make sure you exploit the whole of it to derive maximum utility from your tour there.

A DIVE INTO THE PAST: POMPEI - SECOND PART

written by Dave Mitchell

Ostuni città bianca

Pompei, found in Italy, is a resort town that is situated in the Roman Empire. It is located in the Campania region in the Bay of Naples, south of Mt. Vesuvius (a volcanic mountain). It was founded by Oscans (Latin people) from the Pompey gen.Most probably, the name Pompei must have originated from these people. Discover the first part of what to see in Pompei.

This Villa is located just outside the city walls. On it is the most famous Pompeian wall-painting. It contains a room (that is called The Initiation Chamber) which is decorated with very beautiful but strange scenes. Initiations took place here and they marked a transition from childhood to adulthood. There is an opening between the first and last scenes of the fresco that leads into the chamber. Fresco images in the Villa of Mysteries shows the passage rites for the Pompei women. What a tourist enjoys here most are the wonderful frescoes and the mystery which took place in the ancient times.

It is located on the western side of the Forum to the north of the Basilica. It is the oldest building in the Forum and was built by the Greeks. Estruscan items and some other oldest remains were discovered here which dates back to the 575 BC. A tour to this place gives you a beautiful glimpse of how beautiful temples were devoted to the gods of the Ancient Rome.

In the whole of the Roman Republic, it is one of the most luxurious aristocratic houses. It is also the most expensive residence in the ancient Pompeii measuring 3,000 meters squared. On its floors were lavish mosaics but only a few are remaining in place. Some of these mosaics were removed and taken on display at the National Museum of Naples. On your entrance into this massive construction, you will see a statue of The Faun although this is a duplicate. The original statue was also taken on display to the National Museum of Naples. It is a wonderful house which gives one a lifetime wonderful experience.

This is an attractive building in Pompei that is located a short distance from the House of Faun when heading towards the Porta di Nola gate. It has got many frescoes of hunting scenes. It contains some very fine examples of the 4th style generation. On the walls of the 2nd cubiculum are the winter and autumn personifications. There are other beautiful decorations inside this great historical house.

Wonderful Paved Streets of Pompei
Pompei’s streets are all paved. Volcanic salt basalt is the material that was used in paving these wonderful streets that have never experienced mud. Be keen when walking on these paved streets during wet seasons because basalt is extremely slippery when wet. They were constructed with stepping stones which keeps your feet away from muck from cart-hauling animals. 
Walks along these streets give one the whole tragic history of the Pompei city. Usually, it is very hot in these streets found in between the city walls. It is therefore advisable to carry a lot of water with you for body hydration purpose. Explore the whole of this area walking through these streets and let your eyes see all of the interesting features found in this place.

It is a wonderful public building that is located to the south west corner of the Forum. It was specifically used as a place of administering justice as well as where trade was carried on. The building’s main hall consists of a long columnar nave. Shaped tiles covered with stucco were used in the construction of these columns.

This is a house that is located in the Region VI across from the Forum baths. At its entry is a Latin word "cave canem" which means "beware the dog". There is also a decoration of a mosaic dog at the entrance which depicts all the features of a live dog. It contains a lot of paintings of Greek mythological subjects than any other place in the whole of Pompei. At its central position (center of the tablium floor) is a mosaic of actors that are about to go on stage to present a satyr play

USEFUL TIPS TO THOSE TRAVELLING TO POMPEI
You need cash because credit cards are not accepted at Pompei.
Come with plenty of water and a sun hut because this is a very hot place.
Great care should be taken when walking on the slick pavement stones.
Best time to make your trip to Pompei is between the months of November through to April. During this time range, hotel rates drop, bus fares are affordable and there are no congestions in the narrow streets of Pompei.
Advisable to arrive at Pompei just before the ruins open at 8.30. It is advisable to therefore stay somewhere nearby.

Enjoy your holiday to the fullest over here and I assure you that at the end of it all, you will be longing for more of the Pompei.

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The city of Pompei is located in the county of . The Patron saint is Beata Vergine del Rosario on 8 May. Pompei has Messigno, Pompei Scavi as wards

In Pompei there are 14 accomodation.. You may visit 12 places of interest.

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