There are lots of interesting details to see in Pompeii; One of them is the ingenious solution used to cross the road, in rainy days.
Looking at the sizes of those rocks, we have to ask: Did the Italian drivers change their behaviour later, or crashes happened at all times in those roads?
There are a lot to see in the Museum:
The Great Palaestra (Gymnasium).
House of the Vettii.
House of the Faun.
Temple of Apollo.
Via dei Sepolcri
House of the Ancient Hunt.
House of the Tragic Poet.
The Ground surface
Bars and Bakeries
You can watch my 4 min 16 sec Video Pompeii out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
No muddy sandals for the fastidious citizens of Pompeii; they had paved streets. With curbs. And sidewalks. Go figure. The material used for the pavers was usually volcanic basalt; very, very durable and also extremely slippery when wet. The streets were raised in middle and sidewalks slanted towards the street to allow rainwater and waste materials to channel into the gutters formed by high curbs.
Steppingstones placed at convenient intervals kept feet dry and away from any unpleasant muck left by cart-hauling animals. Wheels from these carts - all of uniform axle width - wore ruts into the stones over time which helped keep them on the straight and (very) narrow. Some of these tracks may even have been carved, versus worn, into the stone as a safety precaution.
If you have some more time, you can just walk on the streets of Pompeii and feel the tragical history of this city ...
My suggestion is, take the enough water with you, because there is very hot between this city walls.
On the streets are stepping stones, allows people to cross the road. The kerbs are higher than today's, mainly because the streets were regularly flooded to wash dust and debris away.
The first time you put your foot on the ancient stones that form numerous strets and paths in Pompei you'll be imerged in the everyday life of old Pompeian people. You'll be almost able to hear them.
My advice...leave your feet take you
Throughout the site, one can see and walk on the very stones the people of Pompeii walked on 2000 years ago. They have of course been smoothed over the millenia. In some places, you can also see the grooves formed by carts and chariots. Not all streets are like this. The cover photo to this site is proof of that. However, walking down any of the streets here gives one a solemn feeling for the doomed citizens of this once thriving community.
Along Pompeii's streets you will find stepping stones. Pompeians used them as a 'bridge' when there were floads or just to cross the streets. In the floor near them you can see the signs left by the wheels of the wagons.
The Streets of Pompeii were paved during Roman times with large polygonal blocks of stone. They are bordered by curbs and pedestrian walkways. On most streets there are raised stones at regular intervals that pedestrians used to cross the streets when water flooded them.
The streets of Pompeii are well preserved and give an accurate feel for how Pompeii was laid out. The streets are long and straight at some points and narrow and windy at others. What I found the most interesting were the blocks in middle of the streets that the people could walk on to get across the streets when they were flooded. All it would require is a hop and a skip to get to the other side!
In various places around the city you will see the stepping stones which people used to cross the street (which would have been full of water, mud or animal droppings. You will also notice ridges worn into the road in some places, They say that these were worn down by carts passing but i feel that if that were so they would be all down the street and not just near the stepping stones. It seems more likely to me that they were actually carved there so that the cart wheels would go into them thus stopping the wheels from hitting the stepping stones or other various points and being damaged
People who go to Pompeii often spend their time with tour groups or rushing thru the vast site trying to see all they can before it is time to catch the train back to Rome. Pompeii is to big to be seen thoroughly in one day. My advice would be to slow down and take your time. Try to enjoy the parts of the city that you can get to. Take your time wandering the ancient streets and allyways. You can loose yourself in the feel of Pompeii if you just slow down and let the city engulf you. The site is so vast and has so many things to see. I just wander along whichever road I come to, looking and exploring and drinking in the atmosphere. The ancient houses and courtyards are still visible. Some of the houses even have the tiling on the floor and paintings on the walls. It really give you the chance to see what Pompeii must have been like in its heyday.
So just take your time. If you want to do a tour, stick around afterwards and explore on your own. If you can devote an entire day to the city, I would say to do it. Pompeii is large and a whole day will allow for a lot of exploring. You won't be able to cover everything but by drinking in the atmosphere and slowing down, you will walk away with great memories ( and pictures) of this incredible site. You will get a small feeling of what Pompeii must have been like before the volcano blast that wiped it out.
Even the streets of Pompeii have stories to tell... The streets themselves are sunk about a foot below the level of the sidewalks, similar to today's city streets in much of the world. The crosswalks are made of large, rectangular, raised stones that allow pedestrians to walk above the sewage and other junk that flowed through city streets. Because of the raised crosswalks, horses and wagons were forced to go between the large stones. Their tracks are clearly evident today, where thousands of wagon wheels passed through the crosswalks, creating deep grooves.
After you purchase your admission ticket to pompeii, you will have to walk up the Via Marina to get inside the ancient city. One thing you will notice is that before you come to the gate you can already see the remnants of the houses and shops of some of the villagers. This gives you your first glimpse of the wonderful things to come. The road up into the city is steep and uneven. Take your time and look at these buildings. Most people just walk by and don't even notice them but they really are interesting with their frescos and tile work. This will give you a sense of how big this city really was. It was huge and spilled out beyond the city walls. Also, remember that the bay was a lot closer to the city than it is now. Most of these buildings were only blocks away from the beach. The ash and pumice that covered Pompeii actually created most of the land that Naples sits on today.
The streets are straight with intersections according to the points of the compass. As mentioned before there are boulders placed across the street to prevent pedestrians getting wet, and the spaces between the boulders are wide enough to allow chariot wheels to pass.
Some of the streets had arches.
The houses open onto the streets, protected by gates.
The Streets of Pompeii were paved during Roman times with large polygonal blocks of stone. They are bordered by curbs and pedestrian walkways. On most streets there are raised stones at regular intervals that pedestrians used to cross the streets when water flooded them.On the streets you can see the pedestrian crossing.