Pompeii - The famous archaeological ruins of Pompeii represent a unique attraction to thousands of visitors
The vast complex of wonderful ruins, which one can admire in Pompeii, turns the past more charming and less mysterious.
Thanks to the archaeological excavations of the Vesuvian town, today it is possible to admire one of the largest archaeological sites in the world.
To tell the truth, the discovery of so many relics of the Roman Age began in an odd and almost accidental way.
According to the archaeological team, in fact, the convicts of King Carlo III of Bourbon, who were under colonel D’Aculbiere’s orders, should have excavated the city of Stabia in 1748. Instead, they found the first tombs of Pompeii.
Already two centuries before, some remains of monuments had emerged near the banks of the Sarno river, while an underground canal was being dug to direct onto the water of the river; however by that time the memories of Pompeii were so darkened that, at first, no one realized to be in front of the excavations of the lost city.
So, the Ancient Roman city, like a sort of the lost Atlantis, began soon emerging from that sea of lava ashes, which had submerged it in consequence of the eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 d.C. Jealous keeper of magnificent testimonies of a remote past, just those lava ashes preserved true treasures.
Everywhere one can remain speechless while admiring the ruins of superb temples and houses belonged to nobles or to plebeians, of streets, monuments and shops. Among the so many ruins, one can admire those of the Civil Forum, the Grand Amphitheater, the Big Theatre (Teatro Grande), of the Termal Baths (Thermae), the Basilica, of the Triangular Forum.
Magnificent are also the frescos, which, after two thousand years, still keep integral beauty and are evidence of the peculiarity of the Pompeian painting.
The amount of finds is such that the visitor can get cnfused due to so many choices. Even so, also the most unprepared host can feel the sensation of breathing an ancient atmosphere and understanding the dynamics, which animated the vibrant life of that community. Anyone, in other words, can become curious and daring to reconstruct its story.
No one, in fact, remains indifferent when facing the charm of so much old splendor. Pompeii, in the meantime, seems to come to life again and is capable of touching everyone’s heart in a slight voice.