Pompeii Ruins

Ruins of Pompeii: 10 things to see + 1 Bonus for you

Ruins of Pompeii: 10 things to see

Pompeii is a small dot on a world map that represents the fulcrum of a whole.
This place is among the flagships of the Metropolitan Cities of Naples; a town of about 25 thousand inhabitants, it is known all over world as the place where natural events have stopped time.
There are so many beauties that Pompeii offers and I’d love to explore them all with you, but now I’ll just tell you about the most important place of the town: The Archaeological site.
I dare to issue a challenge:  10 things to (absolutely!) see in the ruins of Pompeii  where past and future blend dynamic stillness. Moreover there’s a little bonus for you not to be missed! And if you’re short on time? Choose those you like and let me know in the comments below which are your favorite ones.

Vegetation in the Ruins of Pompeii

1 The first thing to see in the Ruins of Pompeii that you won’t find mentioned in the official guides, is the vegetation. The botanic aspect of the archaeological site is typical of the vesuvian area. In spring, the contrast between the natural colors and the houses is interesting: the new life that adorns features of the past. Above in spring time, the show that welcomes the visitors is wonderful. That’s right because of the particularity of its flora and fauna that Pompeii was chosen by the ancient Romans; according to researchers, the external peripheral areas were destined for the cultivation of plants for medicinal purposes, while near the houses there was the cultivation of little orchards, vineyard and fruit trees. Right in the time before the eruption, the civilization had recently started growing plants such as lemon, peach and apricot. With the devastating force of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius vegetation had variations due to the adaptation processes.

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The Amphitheatre of Pompeii

2 The Amphitheatre of Pompeii majestically awaits visitors along the main road. This building dates back to 80 BC, hosted bloody clashes between Gladiators and it is one of the oldest and well preserved Amphitheaters. Its structure is divided into three areas laid out using a hierarchical logic: starting from the front row, intended to accommodate citizens with high social status, gradually rises to the top with the other spectators. The Amphitheatre has two entrance gates: one of them was used by the gladiators to enter in the arena, while the other one was used to bring away those who were hurt or killed during the show. The Romans loved the combats show and the Amphitheatre of the of Pompeii, it was destined to accommodate approximately 20.000 spectators. Thanks to the collected data we know that in the summery periods the spectators were protected from the warmth by a dark linen veil. Adjacent to the Amphitheatre we find the Large Palaestra, where young gladiators trained for the combats.
Do you know that the Amphitheatre of Pompeii is also famous for hosting a solitary concert by The Pink Floyd? READ HERE

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Cultivation of vines in the inner area of Pompeii ruins close to the Amphitheatre of Pompeii

The Forum

3 At the third point of our list of 10 things to see in Pompeii Il tell you about he Forum, the imposing square which hosted public events such as politicians debates and trades. The public square represents the heart of the life of the roman civilization, it is placed to the center of the Ruins of Pompeii and the two main roads, the one which leads to Mount Vesuvius and the one which leads to the sea, meet in it. The Forum represented also the place of the justice and infact in the public square we find the offices of the civil life, that accommodated the  duomviri, important magistrates of the city. At that age there were two political men who governed and who conserved their role for one year, and their elections happened, precisely, in the main public square. And’ interesting to know that at the moment of the eruption the roman civilization was crossing just a period of electoral campaign and still today and, on the walls, is possible to find traces of a incitement to several candidates.

Temple of Jupiter

4The Temple of Jupiter, built up in the period of maximum urban expansion, became the main sacred structure of the area. After the conquering of the city by Cornelio Silla it was then dedicated to the Capitolin Triad: Jupiter, Juno and Mars. The Temple of Jupiter has a stairs that allows to arrive til the highest podium that conserves the statue of Jupiter, of which we can see only the head.

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Temple of Apollo

5 The Temple of Apollo is dated back to the VII century AD, before the arrival of the cult of Jupiter, and it represented the centre of the sacrality of the city. A porch of 48 columns that is the frame of the majestic altar in white marble, on the left side instead there was a solar clock and then the access to the cell that conserved the image of the divinity. Today the original statue in bronze of Apollo is conserved at the Archaeological Museum of Naples.

 

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Garden of the fugitives in the Ruins of Pompeii

6 Sixth wonder to see in Pompeii is the Garden of the fugitives, space dedicated to growing that will preserve forever the moment when time made life eternal: the casts of some inhabitants surprised during the escape from the devastating fury of the eruption. During the excavation works, the bodies of 13 victims of the eruption were found , the volcano’s devastating fury surprised them during their attempted escape to the sea. Thanks to the technique of plaster, leaking today retain expressions, body postures and a piece of history forever. Always with the same technique, today we managed to get even the casts of the roots of much of the vegetation of the area. Thanks to the ash that has covered the rests of the bodies and the vegetation, with passing the time they had a solidification process that has conserved the shape in spite of the decomposition, creating the print of the bodies in the land.
Do you want to know more about the method with which the victims of Pompeii have been brought to light again? Deepen here and then continue to read this article in order to discover the last things to see to Pompeii.

The house of Sallustio

7The House of Sallustio, dated back to the II sec. b.C., encloses to its inside the typical elements of a rich and cured Domus. This domus of the Ruins of Pompeii, owes its name to a present electoral registration on its walls, that recommends Gaius Sallustius. It was first dug at the beginning of 1800s but after, then it was damaged by a bomb during the Second World War, it was finally restored in the second half of 1900s.

The Brothel

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8 Among the most visited attractions of the Site of Pompeii, and that you cannot miss, there is the Brothel, famous and luxurious place. These houses captured the secrets of pleasure… Arranged over two floors, it is located on the back streets of the city, but just follow the phallus engraved on the walls of some homes or on the streets to find the places of pleasure.

Villa of the Mysteries

9 The wonderful Villa the Mysteries, preserves frescoes that tell the story of a woman about to give herself to the cult of Dionysus. It represents a combination of the villa d’otium and villa rustica. The luxurious resort originally faced the sea and its particularity is precisely the mystery room that retains an extraordinary pictorial cycle, object of several scholarly interpretations and controversy. The protagonists of the series of paintings adorning the walls of the room are Dionysus and Aphrodite. The most discussed scene is the painting of the woman that in the act of kneeling discovers the phallus, but in the same scene a winged character attempts a flagellation ritual.
Recently, the Villa of the Mysteries, is back to its splendour thanks to the restoration work completed in 2016. Would you like to find out more? Read the article on the Villa of the Mysteries.

The Large Theatre

10Here’s the latest advice that completes the list of 10 things to see in Pompeii Ruins. I want to talk about the place that hosted the comedies of Plautus and Terence. Along Via dell’abbondanza you’ll find the Large Theatre which can accommodate about 5,000 spectators. Even today, this structure is used to host concerts, plays and events within the ruins of Pompeii.

Here the bonus for you!

+1Usually a list meets standard numbers and ten of them could be perfect, but the beauty and the vastness of the wonders of Pompeii are endless. I want to present you the +1 and leave you with a treat! As spearhead I choose the undisputed king of Pompeii, who has stopped time and captured the emotions: Mount Vesuvius. The absolute protagonist of this story, it still reigns in the territory by exercising the same charm that attracted ancient civilizations on its fertile soil.  Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano in Europe, currently being quiescence, it is among the most studied worldwide and it is the perfect backdrop in many angles and views of Pompeii … remember to put it in the frames in your shots during your visit in the excavations of Pompeii and tag your photos on instagram #pompeiitaly.  You already follow us on instagram, right? 

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We are arrived at the end, I want to add to you that I have not followed an importance order, the thing would be impossible since inside of the Ruins of Pompeii there no grain of powder that does not go respected like only and rare piece of the evolution of the civilization. Every single stone in itself encloses the force of the time that was.
My suggestion with the 10+1 things to see in the Site of Pompeii finishes here, it does not remain to you that to activate your silks of acquaintance and the sense of adventure, I’m sure that you wont regret.

And which of these do you prefer? I wait for your comments.

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