Visit to Ruins of Pompeii, Italy

Visiting Pompeii was ‘a dream come true’ for me. My daughters, for whom the lesson on volcanic eruption in Pompeii in 79 AD was fresh in mind, too were eager for this visit. It was with lot of excitement, anticipation and curiosity we arrived at Pompeii.

There were long stretches of streets criss-crossing with ruins on either side, there were lots to see. Pompeii can easily take a day; we could spend only about fours there. We saw a lot, mainly the highlights but I am sure there are more that we couldn’t see.

Walking in and out of the rows of houses without roofs, which were ‘home, sweet home’ to the residents centuries back silenced us. I had to make an effort to break the silence, engage my daughters in conversations. “Three meters thick lava,” my Ds recollected their lessons. The whole town was buried under it for centuries. People died in scorching lava. I had to pull them out of these painful thoughts.

I explained to them the technicalities involved in making the human and animal moulds… how archeologists on finding a hollow space in the hardened lava injected liquid plaster of paris into them… they weren’t sure what form would emerge… it could be a human or an animal. I saw clear anguish and torment in one of the faces there. The vineyards are fertile because the soil was rich with lava remains. The fertile soil of Vesuvius and the climate of the region provide the ideal conditions for the growing of grapes.

(Mt. Vesuvius at the background)

The architectural remains are a marvel, the remains of vases that must have once held wine or olive oil or other edibles are neatly arranged and displayed. There were many tourists including a whole huge group of school students, yet to me Pompeii looked silent, empty, devastated, as if it was still mourning.


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67 Responses to “Visit to Ruins of Pompeii, Italy

  • What a mesmerizing post and photos, Indrani! I, too, have always been fascinated by Pompeii and wish so much that I could have visited there although from what I've read and photos I've seen over the years, I get the same feeling that you did — silent, empty, devastated and still mourning.





  • Wow! So amazing! Pompeii has always fascinated me as well!! Powerful visit you have had. Thanks for sharing!
    The pictures are great!

  • These are some of the best pictures of Pompeii that I have seen. You did a wonderful job of capturing the sense of loss and devastation. Thanks for taking us with you.

  • That must have been such an interesting place to visit. The photographs are wonderful.

  • Those are beautiful captures of the photos and very interesting post.

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  • Pompeii has fascinated me when I was a kid. Glad your shared your photos and experiences there.

  • You have given us marvels!

    Thank you

    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral



  • beautiful post well illustrated

  • captivating photos, fascinating post. with many active volcanoes in my part of the world, Pompeii gave me nightmares as a kid, especially after we experienced an ash fall when i was about 8. what a great experience for you and your children to walk on this place.

  • fascinating!! another place I would love to visit sometime…. mt vesuvius looks so deceptively calm and peaceful in the background!

  • Fascinating, amazing – and those dead humans – a little nightmarish.

  • What a fascinating post. Your feelings come across so powerfully. Thank you for this personal view of such a historic place.

  • Fascinating and very sad at the same time. Thanks for sharing this interesting post.

  • Indrani,your photographs brought back wonderful memories of my Mediterranean cruise and the day my girlfriend and I spent at Pompei. It is an awesome place. The whole time I was there, I was filled with sadness, thinking of the terror the inhabitants must have felt at having their whole world erupt around them as they were buried alive by lava and ash. Living, as I do, in an earthquake prone area, not very far from Mt. St. Helens which erupted in recent years, I wondered if this could ever happen on the West Coast.

    Our next stop after Pompei, was in Sicily, where we saw Mt. Etna smoking. I understand that, today, there was lava spewing there!

  • Indrani, wonderful photos. What a great place to visit. Your photos really show it off very well.

  • Fascinating post. Pompei is just amazing.

  • I've always wanted to go to Pompei! Thank you so much for bringing me there, Indrani!!

  • I only knew Pompii through history channel and also by reading the books. For a 3 meters of lava who could survive that, it's really a total devastation. Thanks for the info and the photos. Happy weekend!

  • An amazing historical site of extra ordinary beauty and interest.

  • I share your feelings about pompeii. Walking through the place gave me the shivers !

  • Great shots of the place. Kids love it, when they get to see the place that they learn in the school.

  • What a fine post on a fascinating subject, Indrani!

  • This is a most interesting and instructive post! I saw once a documentary about the eruption of Vesuvius. It was very scary and terrible how a complete population is wiped of the face of the earth.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Wonderful photos! It would be a dream come true if I ever get there too!

  • आपको क्रिसमस की शुभकामनाये
    नव वर्ष की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं
    आपको और आपके परिवार को मकर संक्रांति के पर्व की ढेरों शुभकामनाएँ !"

  • Wow awesome!
    Thank you for sharing Indrani.
    Enjoy the weekend.

  • What a grand history lesson in photos. Your captures are excellent. I enjoyed every tiny bit of this post. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • What a grand history lesson in photos. Your captures are excellent. I enjoyed every tiny bit of this post. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Sad times remembered. Thanks for the sharing.

  • Very beautiful post and images, Indrani. Pompei is a fascinating place indeed.
    Happy Sunday!

  • Hi Indrani! What a fabulous trip you made to Italy…

    Thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter Two, where the Nile 2010 is coming to an end! But the temple of Philae surely deserves a comment… 😉 Enjoy and have an excellent Sunday!


  • Thank you for sharing your visit to this ancient place and your beautiful images with us! I have been there several times, always captivated by the feel of ancient stories around me.

    Congratulations on winning Hilary's Post of the Week award! 🙂

  • i read about pompeii in my school… set my imagination on fire!!!……thanks for sharing the pics with us!!

  • and i'm like a kid, wandering curiously around this area. ^0^
    I wish my feet could take me there soon.

  • What a wonderful post… this must have been some experience for you and your girls! Sounds like the trip had much greater impact than the lessons in school, keep them talking about it.

    Fabulous photos, thanks for sharing and congrats on POTW.

  • I think we will always feel that Pompeii is in mourning – for if not, then we are as lost as that civilization…

  • Wow, amazing. Thanks for the tour.

  • The destruction of Pompeii was unfortunate. Yet, the ruins still stand for what it was back then.

  • Great photos Indrani. Yes, Pompei has so many tragedies to talk about. It’s hard to look beyond that.

  • I am looking forward to visiting Pompeii. Loved the pics and the haunting narration.

  • Nice shots of Pompeii.The trip would have given the greater impact.Thanks for sharing.

    Sriram & Krithiga

  • It was really tragic what happened in Pompeii.
    Very well narrated Indrani!

  • Tempting (am not sure if thats the right word to describe a city associated with death) shots of Pompeii 🙂

    Pompeii has been on my bucket list for don’t know how long. Lets see when the dream fulfils.

  • An interesting post, Indrani made relatable by the fact that like your daughters, my son too had that Pompeii chapter in his course hence, he devoured every word oh this and is sure to brag off his extra knowledge courtesy you 🙂

    Apart from that, the place does seem to be still in mourning.

  • Wow what an amazing historical site. I’d love to visit this place once in my life time. Wonderful narration with perfect photos.

  • Thank you for taking me on the virtual tour!

  • A wonderful historical site.. the pics are much fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

  • Yogi Saraswat
    2 years ago

    I was not aware of this place and its history . You are being guide to your daughters. It is natural and I think it is good to travel with children as it becomes permanent in their mind . Great historical place to visit .

  • Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    2 years ago

    Great narration and lovely pics. Tragic history…

  • Amazing pics.. First two reminded me of Bhangardh.

  • Wonderful photo-story as always 🙂

  • Jyothi D'mello
    2 years ago

    Amazing information and lovely clicks.

  • A place that evoke mixed feelings, right?

  • Should have been a beautiful place once.

  • Your Ds are fortunate Indrani, something studied and then practically seen they will never forget it now 🙂 superb post and awesome pictures.

  • This one is so high on my list and have not been able to do it. 🙁 Some day. Your journey has further fueled my curiosity.

  • Awesome post! Hope to visit someime!

  • Good post. Pompei would have been such a grand place once – suddenly and tragically got frozen in time and space.

  • Nature’s fury forever has both the plus and minus.. The molten lava unless comes out out with such a great force cannot bring out the rich fertile elements embedded deep inside the earth to be useful to next few generations.. A great Post describing the place.. Thanks for sharing, Indrani!

  • such an old event in history, but still captivates the visitors.

  • Eerie!

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