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18
April
2019

How old is Italy?

Italy is famous throughout the world for its delicious food, rich culture, and a long history. But what was Italy’s actual birth? With thousands of years of highlights including the renaissance period and the Roman empire, learning about Italy’s birth is lower on the history high points. The Etruscans This ancient civilisation was spread throughout Italy, with its main city centre located north of Rome, now known as Tuscany. Historians believe these people were indigenous folk and were made up of skilled craftsmen and merchants. Existing from the 8th century BCE until the 3rd century BCE. Their language was unlike […]

11
April
2019

What are the most recent finds in Pompeii?

2018 seemed to be a big year for new discoveries within the ancient city of Pompeii. Excavations have been going on since 1728, but the city still has much to tell us. Many of the new discoveries in the past year have uncovered mysteries and helped to explain these past citizens. Here are just a few of the most noteworthy and influential that were found recently. The Horses At the end of 2018, archaeologists discovered the remains of several horses. The horses were found in the stables of an extravagant estate, known as the Villa of Mysteries. Archaeologists believe the […]

3
April
2019

What are the kinds of artefacts found in Pompeii?

The ancient city was buried for decades, leaving behind a bucket load of artefacts for us to marvel at. Before its disastrous end, Pompeii was a thriving city known for its lavish style. Houses were decorated beautifully, as were the people, blending art into all aspects of their life. After being buried in ash and debris, these artefacts of the city remained, giving us a better understanding of the people thousands of years after their time. Jewellery Back in the day, the people of Pompeii saw jewellery as a status item, with the more you had, the higher your status […]

25
March
2019

What is the history of Mount Vesuvius?

Mount Vesuvius is famous for destroying the ancient city of Pompeii back in 79 A.D. But apart from that, what else do we know about it? The tragic destruction of Pompeii isn’t the only time this massive volcano has erupted and wasn’t the last. Read here to find out the secrets of this looming volcano in Southern-east Italy. It’s History After discovering an ancient rock on the volcano, scientists have estimated Mount Vesuvius is around 300,000 years old. Although the 79 A.D. incident is the volcano’s most famous eruption, it has been through numerous flare-ups. It first massive eruption was […]

19
March
2019

What time does Pompeii close?

Pompeii is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in Italy. Once a thriving city that was renowned for its fashion and indulgences, this ancient city meet its demise in 79 A.D. Engulfing it in scorching heat, pyroclastic flows, and volcanic ash, covering Pompeii and killing all life within. Nowadays, it is the largest ongoing archaeologist site in the entire world, welcoming millions of visitors every year. Where is Pompeii? Located near the coast of Italy, Pompeii is found in the modern-day region of Campania. Around about 250 kilometres from Rome, and only 23 kilometres from Naples, the city is […]

18
March
2019

How far is Pompeii from Rome?

The city of Pompeii is one of the most visited areas of Italy, famous for its ancient preserved sites and historic demise. But where exactly is Pompeii? How far away Pompeii is located more than 200 kilometres south of Rome, nestled nearby the coast at around about a twenty-three kilometres from Naples. It remains next door to the looming volcano of Mount Vesuvius. How to get there Getting there can be a bit of a pain depending on which route and transport you pick. So, working out beforehand which suits you best is crucial when minimising your frustration. Car Driving […]

12
March
2019

How did the ancient Pompeii Decorate?

Before its disastrous end, Pompeii was a flourishing and wealthy city, known for its lush fashion and stunning embellishment. A popular holiday spot for rich Romans, the streets were filled with sensual brothels, boutique fashion shops, and markets filled with foreign goods. Beautiful things were Pompeii’s speciality, with archaeologists unearthing an amazing array of frescos, mosaic, and artefacts. Frescos Brothels Frescos played an important role in Pompeii’s many brothels. Many rediscovered brothel houses have lasting frescoes painted on their walls. Archaeologists assume each fresco was used as a documentation of the brothel’s menu. Depicting the services, positions, and companions on […]

11
March
2019

What food did they eat in Pompeii?

The ancient city of Pompeii has left behind numerous clues into their everyday life. Archaeologists have used these artefacts to deduct these past citizen’s habits, traditions, and norms. What makes Pompeii so fascinating is comparing these ancient people’s daily lives to the contemporary now, seeing both the changes and comparisons between them. But what is one feature in human life that will never waver? Food! Pompeii was just as reliant on food as the rest of us, and at times turned the mundane act of eating into a culinary art form much like us today. Read here about the Pompeii […]

11
March
2019

What events were held in Pompeii’s Amphitheatre?

Before it’s tragic demise Pompeii was a thriving city full of bustling streets and spectacular buildings. One of the most iconic landmarks is Pompeii’s Amphitheatre, listed as the oldest remaining amphitheatre in the entire world. It’s impressive and grandiose construction is still visible today, despite its deterioration over hundreds of years. The Amphitheatre’s Birth It was built in 80 B.C. and was the first known amphitheatre to be made of stone, instead of wood. It was constructed by two of Lucius Cornelius Sulla’s commanders, named Marcius Porcius and Quinctius Valgus, and was built at his own private expense. The amphitheatre […]

8
March
2019

Where is Herculaneum?

Pompeii may be famous throughout the world, but the small town of Herculaneum suffered the same fate during the massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Set just a short drive northwest from Pompeii, Herculaneum was Pompeii’s neighbour and sister site. The town is rich in preserved beauties, with buckets of crumbling buildings and artefacts to discover, as it has been also being buried under the volcano’s thick layer of debris for hundreds of years. The History of Herculaneum It’s name ‘Herculaneum’ is thought to be related to the Greek hero Heracles, signifying that the town was of Greek Origin. Herculaneum was […]