November 26th was our son-in-law's, Josh's, birthday. We took him and Madonna to Pompeii as part of the celebration for his special day. Pompeii was originally founded by the Greeks somewhere between the 7th or 6th century BC. In 80 BC it was conquered by Rome and became a Roman colony following an unsuccessful rebellion against the Roman Republic. Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, killing 2000 of its inhabitants and burying the city under 25 feet of ash. Pompeii was rediscovered around 1599, but extensive excavations were not begun for another 150 years.
Madonna and Josh walking through the central market of Pompeii. The city itself and many of its objects were well preserved for centuries following the volcanic eruption because the covering ash locked out air and moisture.
One of the main roads through the town. The streets were not named but were given symbolic representations on the wells at intersections to indicate the area.
The amphitheater near the main entrance to the city.
Approximately 80% of the city has now been excavated (taking nearly 400 years) and restorations are still under way.
Part of the columns in the central market area outside the main fish stalls.
Some more pictures of the ruins of Pompeii. It is estimated to be only 80% excavated (after four centuries of work) and there are approximately 6000 structures already exposed.
Through the fog you can just make out Mt. Vesuvius across the bay.
Our first view of the city from the main entrance area
We are getting closer to entering the city
The sports complex as you enter the city
The largest bakery identified in Pompeii