Pompeii the Inferno

We spent a day in Pompeii on our way back to Rome from Sorrento. It was the hottest day yet on the trip and we felt every bit of it walking around the ruins. We never did find out the temperature, but when we arrived back in Rome, it felt like someone had turned on the air conditioner outside and it was 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit).

Pompeii was a Roman town that was destroyed completely during the height of the Roman Empire by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius on the 24th of August, 79 A.D. Even though the town was completely destroyed, it was covered by ash and consequently very well preserved. It was only rediscovered in 1748 and has since been excavated to give modern historians a good look at what life was like back then.

It makes for a very interesting tour, but quite frankly, it was so fripping hot that I do not remember much of it. If you are interested in Roman life, then you must visit the town and walk the actual same streets that its citizens roamed two thousand years ago. It is an amazing concept, especially for us Americans, who are thrilled to visit our historical places that are at most two hundred years old.

Must See: Just walking the streets of Pompeii was a thrill for me.
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