Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Under the ruins – Pompeii

House of the Faun in Pompeii, Italy
House of the Faun in Pompeii, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Near the Napoli Bay, the Vesuvius volcano is standing about to erupt, with its crater widely opened towards the sky. Many visitors coming here climb the 1277 meters high all the way up, until the irregular border of the crater and then look down from there. There is no knowledge regarding when will the volcano will erupt; but until then, millions of people that live in Napoli and millions of visitors eager to see the unknown, carry on with their normal lives, with their holidays, as if it is impossible that someone will ruin their happy lives and the natural beauty of this area.

However, between Napoli and Amalfi Coast, the most picturesque and known coast area of Italy are the town of Erculano and Pompeii. Pompeii is the proof that nature does not listen to our thoughts and desires but goes on with its course. This is how in Pompeii one can see how nature surpassed the human being and the malign forces of it have made out of this city an archaeological site. Once being a very wealthy commercial center, nowadays, Pompeii stands as one of the most important archaeological site from Europe and Italy's most visited tourist attraction.

It was in 1748 when the first diggings here started to get out in the open, the street that once sued to be here, the gardens, the bathrooms, the frescoes, the money, the bodies, the beds. Nowadays, the archaeologists have discovered 44 hectares, from the total of 60 hectares that once used to signify Pompeii. They have tried to put the pieces they found altogether and understand everyday life that went on in those days. These artifacts can be seen at the Archaeology National Museum from Napoli.