Gaetano Manfredi met us at the site and is a 3rd generation tour guide of Pompeii. His knowledge and passion was evident right from the start. Even his son joined us as he is next in line to carry on their family tradition. The encased people you all have seen were stunning and left me in awe. The life style of this city in 74 AD was one of trade and wealth. A seaport town that brought men from every corner of the Roman Empire too enjoy "la dolce vita" the good life.
Today, Pompeii sits almost two miles from the ocean. This because of the eruption that took place in 74 AD covered the port in ash and rock. There is still one quarter of the city that has not been unearthed. It was a pity that the Spanish were first to uncover the ruins in the 18th century as they plundered much of what they found, leaving just the skeleton of this beautiful city. What Gaetano gave us was how the city lived. Wine bars, fast food places, saunas, condominiums, gymnasiums, theaters, their colosseum, and their brothels. Two way traffic, crosswalks, beware of dog signs and "pedestrian only" squares. Things we take for granted today, were present 500 years before Christ in Pompeii. All ending in a flash.
|Gaetano explaining how flour was made for making bread in the bakery.|
|A crosswalk on a two-way street.|
|Gigi and Cathy in the town square. Mt Vesuvius looming in the background.|
|"Beware of Dog" sign in a foyer of a middle class home.|
|A family pet writhes in agony.|
The day ended with a sunset overlooking Sorrento. A good way to end a special day.