Romans took control of Pompeii around 200 BC. On August 24, 79 AD, Vesuvius erupted, burying the nearby town of Pompeii in ash and soot, killing around 3,000 people, the rest of the population of 20,000 people having already fled, and preserving the city in its state from that fateful day. Pompeii is an excavation site and outdoor museum of the ancient Roman settlement. This site is considered to be one of the few sites where an ancient city has been preserved in detail – everything from jars and tables to paintings and people was frozen in time, yielding, together with neighboring Herculaneum which suffered the same fate, an unprecedented opportunity to see how the people lived two thousand years ago.
We hired a private guide to carry us to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. The driver, Roberto, picked up us at the Cruise ship and dropped us off at the front entrance of Pompeii. We only had 1 1/2 hours to look around so my daughter and I literally ran through the place. I put my camera on sport mode and pressed the shutter as we flew through the ruins.
The best way to get a feel for Pompeii is to walk the site.