Part of the Villa of the Papyrus collection from Herculaneum

After leaving the museum we had lunch and wandered through a local market. A busy square in Naples Louis and Bill back enjoying the view near our hotel Pompeii was buried by lava and ash from Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79.  In 1594 workers - digging a tunnel to supply water to a nearby village found the first signs of the old city. - But it wasn't until 1748 that workers started digging at the site of Pompeii, - and that work continues to this day.  Shown here is entrance to the ruins. The Forum -- an open place where people would gather for meetings and entertainment.
Mt. Vesuvius can be seen looming over the old ruins. One of the streets of the city.  The stones Larry is standing on were stepping stones for - crossing over the center of the street.  During rainstorms the streets were often filled with water. The paintings on the walls can still be seen, and the detail in some of objects is outstanding. Look at the detail in the floor tile. The gardens in the city are well maintained.
The stone object is a grinder that was used to make flour - for bread which was baked in the ovens in the rear. This is a cast of one of the volcano victims.  Archaeologists made these molds from the hollows - in the lava left by the decomposed bodies. Liquid plaster was used to fill the cavities to make the casts. Thriving towns surround Pompeii today.  Here you see one of them just outside the walls. Back in Naples -- our last view of the city from the hillside We're now on the train headed for Rome.

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