20.02.2009 - 20.02.2009
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There are more interesting things than summarizing a visit to Pompei, but despite the tourist buzzle it is still fascinating to walk through the ancient 2000+ years old streets on this 250 years old excavation site to see what the first documented natural disaster of human history in 79 AD did to 'freeze' a day in the life of a city for posterity. See my walk through the ruins in extremely high resolution and enjoy some amazing bird-eye view archeology: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=131762
The price of the ticket is 11€ (2009). The excavation site is big enough to easily get away from the crowds (e.g. school kids in groups), but be prepared to find most houses - including some of the more interesting sites - locked. My traveller's tip is to go up to the town fortification near the Herculaneum Gate (Porta Ercolanea) and the Necropolis, which is off the signposted track for the audio-guided visitors and enjoy a good view of the entire western part of the excavations as well as some sun-preheated benches to take a rest after all the walking....
Sun dial series, part 2: this one is part of the Apollo temple in Pompei
... and this picture you have probably seen in school ...