The fabulous city of Pompeii is plunged into the most absolute chaos! The nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted violently and with a frightening speed, hundreds of tons of ash and deadly gases come towars the city. The stage is set for watching nearly 2,000 years later the ruins of this important city.
Pompeii has been a focus of study and tourist attraction for more than two centuries and its streets can transport us to life in the ancient Roman Empire, as the disaster in 79 AD was so sudden that we can see a "snapshot" of what was happening seconds before being buried by several meters of ash. The ultimatum of the volcanic eruption was preceded in 62 AD by a great earthquake that hit several buildings in the city which were still being remodeled the day the Vesuvius erupted .
Its ruins attest to a big city who enjoyed all kinds of luxuries and services of the Roman Empire. At the time of the disaster it had a population of about 15,000 people, and as it was a city near several vacation villas it had all kinds of services oriented to leisure and spectacles, two things that the wealthy Romans were fond of.
In our visit to Pompeii we see the ruins of several temples, such as the Temple of Jupiter that was built in the second century and served to worship the Roman gods Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. We may also see the remains of the temple of Apollo, which was a highly revered deity in the region of Campania, inside this church we find the statue of Apollo shooting an arrow .
It is also very important to visit the Forum which was the centre of commercial and civic life of Pompeii, in this great esplanade there were huge statues in honour of the emperor, announcements of common interest were written and there were even stalls to sell goods.
It is also interesting to visit the Basilica, the building from where justice was administered to the city, with its colonnades in perfect condition we can get a glimpse of how Pompeii was in the first century
If you are going to visit Pompeii you will see how life was like 2,000 years ago in the Roman Empire, a highly recommended experience for any lover of history.