Updated: Apr 22
Our trip to the Amalfi Coast began with a half day in Pompeii! We left our school this morning at 7:45 AM. We arrived at the ruins of Pompeii around 12:30 PM and were immediately taken to a school sponsored lunch. They served us pasta with some type of fish sauce, lemon chicken, and a hazelnut vanilla cake.
After lunch, our tour guide met us for our 2.5 hour tour of the ruins of Pompeii – we saw the gladiator‘s living quarters, the theater for comedies and dramas, a rich person’s house, a brothel, a few petrified bodies (three people and a dog), and Mount Vesuvius. It was one of the most interesting experiences of my life.
The gladiators lived behind the wooden doors
One of the restored murals on the walls of a wealthy person’s house
This is similar to our kind of “Fast Food”. A person would use the holes in the countertop to store warm food. People would walk up & grab a bite to eat!
Pompeii catered to many sailors & voyagers that didn’t speak the same language. Due to this, the brothels painted murals with various sexual acts so customers could just point at a picture depicting what they want to do.
Mt Vesuvius in the background
Mold of a petrified body. Many servants & slaves were left to tend to the houses when Mt. Vesuvius erupted.
Mold of a petrified dog
Main square in Pompeii where all the residents gathered
After our tour, we boarded the bus & headed to Sorrento!
Note: This post was originally published on April 15, 2011 in a blog entitled “Romeing Around Europe” which chronicled my study abroad experience.