When Pompeii was first uncovered they found imprints of the bodies and filled these with plaster to show how people would have been overcome by the gases.
To add to the eeriness of the deserted town, thunder rumbled in the distance with what I can imagine was not unlike the sound of Vesuvius exploding in AD79.
Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano and yet people continue to live at the foot of the mountain. With a view of Naples on one side of the road, the other shows miles of shanty towns and homes built illegally at the base of Mount Vesuvius. The Italian government has had little success in stopping residents from building in the danger zone of the volcano.
|Courtyard where gladiators practiced. Many were prisoners and resided in cells around the courtyard.|
|Part of the courtyard reconstructed.|
|Streets of Pompeii|
|Ceiling fresco in the spa area|
|Part of the spa where there were rooms for hot, cold and tepid water.|