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5 Interesting Facts about Pompei, Italy

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Who would’ve thought that a thriving Roman city was buried beneath 20 feet of volcanic rocks, pumice and ashes?

Vanished and forgotten, the walled city of Pompeii in Naples, Italy was accidentally discovered 1,669 years after the eruption of its neighboring volcano, Mount Vesuvius, on the 24th of August 79AD. Pompeii’s awful ordeal left at least 2000 people trapped and without a choice but to silently accept their imminent demise. At present, the 150-acre city of Pompei is one of the world’s largest archaeological excavation sites, side-by-side with modern amenities such as pubs, bars, restaurants, tourist facilities, and flourishing commercial areas. Read on and get in-depth with more interesting facts about the lost ruins of Pompeii and the modern city of Pompei below.

1. Life in Pompeii

So what’s it like to live in the past? Top archaeologists and experts of the historic excavation site are still baffled. There are lots of artifacts still needed to be analyzed to somehow depict a story or a scene which can show how everyday domestic living went in Pompeii. But the huge villas, with its walls and floors decorated with intricately designed mosaics; the Thasian dolomitic marbles that line up the bars and bath houses; and a sophisticated water, drainage, and sewage system for public and private use provides us an idea that people in Pompeii lived in a very comfortable manner and sheer opulence during their time.

2. Sealed Through Time

The remains of Pompeii are so incredibly well-preserved that you could walk around and see the Greek-inspired buildings such as residences, water fountains, commercial establishments, brothels, and an amphitheater; standing erect along the deserted cobble-stoned streets where the city’s ill-fated inhabitants used to walk through. People and their pet animals, eternally captured till their last breath in plaster casts are also found in the area. You can almost feel the impression of how sad and scared they must have been at the face of certain death.

3. Brothel in Pompei Re-opens

Don’t get the wrong idea here but the Lupanare, an ancient brothel in Pompeii is back in business- as a tourist destination that is! Ready to serve curious travelers, the fascinating 2-story brothel in the middle of Pompeii reveals signs of the open and systematic flesh trade in those times. Erotic Frescoes found at the walls of the rooms set the ambiance. Even more, names of the women who worked there, their “special talents” to please their clients, and prices of services are etched on the brothel’s walls.

4. Mother Nature Joins the War

While the Second World War was happening all across Europe, American airmen stationed at the Pompeii airfield caught a glimpse of the last known eruption of Mount Vesuvius. At least 2 feet of volcanic ash and football-sized rocks blanketed the area. Army tents, military equipments, and 88 aircrafts have also been severely destroyed.

5. The Santuario

Off to the past and on to the present! Not far from the Pompeii ruins, most tourists in Pompei often miss visiting the Santuario or the Shrine of Madonna del Rosario, a church built in 1876. The whole structure is shaped like a Latin cross which is dominated by a 53-meter high dome in the center. The church altar features the shroud of Madonna di Pompei in a bronze frame encrusted with gems. But the real attraction here is the 80-meter bell tower, the top easily accessible by an elevator where you can get a breath-taking view of Pompei and the surrounding area of Naples.

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Photo of Villa dei Misteri, Pompei, Italy, by Nick In Exsilio

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Venere Travel Blog writer allan dumayas

Allan is a visual artist and freelance writer based in Manila, Philippines. He loves to incorporate art and writing by playing with words and turning them into "picturesque" paragraphs. He also fancies traveling and eating bizarre foods and is always in search of a good drinking buddy.

16 responses to “5 Interesting Facts about Pompei, Italy”

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  1. Mike Coyle says:
    November 15th, 2009 at 23:55

    Pompei is a fantastic place to visit. From personal experience I recommend buying a guidebook and a full day is advised.

    I have just watched a dvd documentary about Pompei (made by Piero Angela and his son in collaboration with the BBC). It covers the last few hours and was fascinating.

  2. sohail says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 23:47

    would be better if there was more info bout the places

  3. lilyan says:
    October 27th, 2011 at 10:31

    i have always loved this mysterious city! nothing can compare to the wonders of pompeii!

  4. madisson says:
    November 1st, 2011 at 09:04

    would there by any chance be a name for the eruption of mount vesvuius?

  5. luke hardy says:
    November 14th, 2011 at 22:33

    i love pompeii myself an i really want to go there.i have heard that there are human shaped rocks there from the volcano eruption and lava spilling on them

  6. Francesca says:
    March 18th, 2012 at 20:31

    Really facinating and hope to go there some day!

  7. amber sanders says:
    October 20th, 2012 at 23:55


  8. Gracie says:
    January 14th, 2013 at 21:58

    This is so crazy I want to go there so so so so bad!! It is very interesting!!:)

  9. Steven says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 00:25

    That is very interesting

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    March 14th, 2013 at 11:20

    thanks now i can do my homework ur a great help THANKS :)

  11. Katherine says:
    April 4th, 2013 at 15:50

    this helps

  12. Haley says:
    May 17th, 2013 at 13:46

    Thanks for the facts I needed them for a project and now I finished thanks again

  13. unknown says:
    July 26th, 2013 at 06:02

    if you know why pompeii “was destroyed” horribly

  14. Tiffany Soto says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 23:59

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  15. may says:
    January 19th, 2014 at 17:32

    helped me :>

  16. Patrica says:
    May 29th, 2015 at 20:47


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