During your visit of the town of Pompeii you can find many plaster cast of the victim of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
Few words are necessary to explain this method: liquid plaster is poured into the cavity left in the bed of ashes by the gradual decomposition of the victim's body. As the plaster solidifies, it reproduces the body's shape.
One of the entrances of the ruins
The ruins are opened from 9AM to 6PM in Summer (5Pm in Winter).
There is a parking nearby (3 euros/hour).
It needs at least 3 hours to make a visit. In some places you must wait to enter due to the number of visitors.
Some places are closed for restoration.
The main art works are now in the National Archeological Museum of Naples but the pompeian rooms are closed when we went there.
Some strange happenings
Pompeiian citizens were pretty interesting! We found out that they collected the town's urine and used it to bleach cloth---hopefully they rinsed the cloth VERY WELL afterward!
Also, they had a very liberal attitude toward sex....some of the pictures on the walls---well, I'm not going to describe them for you!! You'll just have to go and see for yourself.
They also had a system where they could flood the streets now and then to wash away all of the sewage and filth. I'm REALLY happy I'm living now and not then..................... See the nice clean streets, instead of what must have been just plain awful in Pompeii's heyday!
Historic Ruins of Pompei
The whole ancient excavated city of Pompei is like a big archaeology museum. You can get a pretty good idea about life in ancient Pompei when you leave. There's history associated with every site: temple, houses, theaters, etc. I believe my visit to Pompei was worth it.
Different houses in Pompei
There are houses, big and small, in the Ruins of Pompei. This can show you how the wealthy families lived and how the poor families lived. Some big houses can courtyards, some even swimming pools. These ancient houses make up a large part of the excavation of ancient Pompei.