Pompeii and Herculaneum were ancient Roman cities buried in nearly six meters of ash from an explosion of the volcano Vesuvius. When I was a child, I grew up hearing the story of how the volcano buried these cities.
Pompeii visit tips: the bodies recovered in the excavations
The most impressive memory was when I could see the bodies recovered in the excavations. Bodies covered with a layer of mud showing every gesture, every fold as a horror mask of that moment. Their skeleton are still preserved within stone coffins. You could see the expression of horror on their faces - and watch how they hugged children, they were intact at the very moment of his death . It was amazing to think and feel the horror that these people felt at that time.
Both in Pompeii and in Herculaneum, it was as if time stopped , everything was intact, it’s possible to see their homes, their belongings and everything they possessed . See and feel not just as archaeological remains, but as people of flesh and blood like you and me who lived a normal, everyday life, with its joys, their misfortunes, entertainment and families as anyone today. Thinking about this I look far toward the author of all, the volcano Vesuvius, so peaceful sleeping a dream that no one knows how long it will last.
Herculaneum is much smaller but better preserved than Pompeii
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