As semi-well traveled history buff, I'm always a little skeptical about visiting ancient sites of great significance for fear of disappointment. To me, Pompeii was one of those places. Could a site like this live up to the tales we were taught in grade school about how an ancient people were frozen in time after a deadly volcano descended upon them?
After traveling throughout southern Italy I had heard mixed reviews about the famous city buried under volcanic ash. While some locals said the ruins were a must-see, others thought they were over rated.
I decided to go into my Pompeii experience with an open mind and with the knowledge that while I may not be able to see everything, I could stumble upon some of the city's greatest authentic treasures.
The minute you step through Pompeii's crumbling city gates you feel as if you have been transported to another century.
Pompeii is a city steeped in history and frozen in time. Around every corner is another mystery surrounding the city that has become more famous now for it's destruction than its existence.
Once a thriving port community in ancient Rome, the fate of Pompeii was forever changed thousands of years ago. In 79 A.D., perched just above Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius spewed volcanic ash burying the city and all of its inhabitants.
Now a story of mythical proportions, archaeologists have learned much about daily Roman life since discovering the city's existence in the 1600s. After the city began to be unearthed in 1748 tourists began flocking here from around the world and continue to do so today.