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Guided Walking and Sightseeing Holidays in
Sorrento
and the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Visiting Pompeii

Pompeii:

No visit to the Sorrento and Amalfi Coast region would be complete without seeing the amazing archaeological site of Pompeii.  We tour the site with an expert guise who makes ancient history come alive.

Pompeii was settled as early as the 8th/9th c. BC. In 80 BC it came under the domination of Rome and much building and renovation work was done. Trade and commerce made it a flourishing centre with a population of up to 20,000 people. In 79 AD Vesuvius erupted without warning and buried the entire city under a blanket of ash up to 6 metres deep. Nearly 90% of the population managed to escape but the rest were buried by volcanic material. Pompeii was abandoned and over the centuries was forgotten. In 1748 excavations were started, and furnishings and household utensils have been left where they were found giving a fascinating insight into ancient everyday life. On our guided walk we see the Forum, the centre of civic life, the Basilica (business centre and law courts), the Terme Stabiane with its still preserved swimming pools including the change rooms, the 5,000 seat Teatro Grande and the 20,000 seat Ampitheatre plus Temples to Apollo, Venus and other gods as well as some of the well preserved houses such as the Casa dei Vetii, home of wealthy wine merchants. This house retains its wall paintings. Some of the towns walls still bear graffiti from 79 AD, some salacious and some political.

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