30 March 2011
Posted in PLACES YOU MUST SEE
History of a disaster
A pure coincidence was the reason for its discovery in 1599. The Italian architect, Domenico Fontana, while digging the underground channel to divert the river Sarno he run into ancient walls covered with frescoes and inscriptions. But he recovered them with earth and nothing came out of his discovery.
The first, true excavation had begun in 1748, when even the emperor Napoleon sent his team of archeologists. The buildings preserved in remarkably good conditions were hiding many surprises - the ancient citizens, in a shock and panic were trying to flee, living behind most of their belongings, which today are exposed in the National Museum in Naples. One of the most amazing discoveries were cavities left in hardened ashes by human bodies, which with time deteriorated, living empty space. Those filled with plaster are most dramatic proves of the tragedy – bodies frozen in same pose for centuries, covering their faces, trying to protect themselves and their beloved ones from toxic hot fumes and instant death. There is even a plaster figure of a dog, probably forgotten in a cellar by its masters. Abandoned villas of most prominent citizens, shops and even brothels are great source of information about everyday life in Pompeii, where the time stands still for almost two thousand years. Precious frescoes, with colors still so fresh and vivid as painted yesterday tell the story of life, politics, culture and tragedy.
Nowadays Pompeii is one of most visited and famous archeological sites in the world, as it was for last 250 years. Each year new buildings are being opened to the tourists, as well as other, smaller sites – Herculaneum, Stabiae and Villa Pompea, and are being visited by millions people from all over the world.
A visit to Pompeii is something you cannot miss while visiting Campania, which has many other marvels to offer. Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and islands are easy to reach from many hotels. And here I would like to introduce to you:
A luxurious and tranquil place, located on one of world’s most beautiful coastlines – Sorrento. Overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Gulf of Sorrento it is a perfect venue from where to visit treasures of southern Italy.