The small amphitheater
For those who don’t know, Pompeii was a thriving Mediterranean town until 79 A.D. when nearby Mt. Vesuvius erupted, sending a rain of ash and pumice stone to completely bury the town. Thus, in the late 1700’s, the town was re-discovered, very well preserved thanks to the volcano. You can see the bodies of those who tried to escape the volcano. Their grimaces of pain and horror are so moving, especially when you see the bodies of the children. There was even a dog whose final moments on earth are preserved in an awkward position.
Among the many treasures of Pompeii were the frescoes of the house of Tiburnius. The frescoes showed various scenes from Ovid, including Pyramus and Thesbe and Actaeon. There was also a beautiful garden and little fountains.
All over Pompeii there are ancient "fast food" stands, basically long marble or granite counters with holes in them where the big pots of food would sit and be kept warm for customers. We snapped a picture in front of "Nicole's Cafe."
We instead went a little farther north, to Meta, and snagged a free space on a very crowded beach. The water was wonderful, though there were umbrellas stretched along the coast for miles.