History in danger at Pompeii

Pompeii and Herculano, these two cities sadly known owing to the tragedy of Vesubius in the age of the Ancient Rome. They are a compulsory visit for those ones who feel nostalgia for our ancestors instead of curiosity for the aspect of the new Rome, Tshirts with “Ciao Bella” printed when there used to be vessels illustrating Gladiators.

Pompeii

Pompeii

Pompeii Hillside

Pompeii Hillside

If you are one of a kind among these mass tourists, I truly recommend you to visit Pompeii and Herculano, as full of history as the day they were founded. You can take a walk by their yellowish streets imagining you’re another citizen who doesn’t expect that a volcano will burn your world down. If you’re still that citizen you will be more than relieved that you can’t see the petrified corpses of your relatives here (they are well kept in a museum) but you can see what happened with the bars, the hot springs or the great walls that covered the city under their protection.

Pompeii Ruins

Pompeii Ruins

Pompeii Theater

Pompeii Theater

In fact, this is not a simple suggestion! You sincerely have to go before this place falls down. Some years ago a sad incident happened in Pompeii when a Ludi (a gimnasium for Gladiators) collapsed due to the lack of money to maintain these two cities. This Ludi can’t come back, but other many buildings still stand, waiting for their XXI century citizens to venerate overwhelmed the ruins they are today.

Vesuvius Mount

Vesuvius Mount

Pompeii photos: koRay, Black Diamond Images, lynnmarentette, Sydnee Davidson.

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