Relics: The Ancient City of Pompeii, Italy

In 79 AD, the city of Pompeii in Campania, Italy, was covered in 13-20ft of ash and pumice as Mount Vesuvius erupted.

Cast of young boy, Pompeii, Italy
Cast of young boy, Pompeii, Italy

The eruption lasted for more than 24 hours, starting on the morning of the *24th August with the first waves of hot ash, pumice, rock fragments and volcanic gas reaching Pompeii around midnight.

(*the date has now been disputed and it’s possible the town was covered in November)

Paintings of Pompeii were briefly discovered in 1599, but it wasn’t until 1738 when foundations were being laid for a summer palace for the King of Naples (Charles of Bourbon – bet he liked a drink) that the rediscovery of Pompeii really began with a purposeful excavation beginning in 1748.

As with any tourist site in the summer holidays, get there early (to avoid crowds and the heat).  I didn’t get the audio guide but people I spoke to highly recommended it.

When visited:  July (it was busy)

Weather:  Hot, hot, hot

Further information:  Wikipedia, BBC History,


3 Comments Add yours

  1. ubecute says:

    Thank you for these pictures. I have forever been fascinated with the history of Pompeii. The cast of the boy and man look unnervingly alive.


    1. sunburntback says:

      Hi, yes, I wasn’t sure the cast pictures were appropriate or not but it’s part of the history and it’s pretty amazing.


      1. ubecute says:

        Completely part of the history. We have all heard stories of them, great to see it…made it feel like I was there.


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