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Entering, one steps into a different world. It's fascinating to learn what Pompeii must have looked like before the volcanic explosion that destroyed this lovely city. Life must have been very pleasant for the people. Their houses were large, and would have been a cool refuge from the world. Their little market place provided them with bread, and the other foods necessary for life. The main streets were lined with pubs, and other places of business. They had arenas for games, and theatres for dramatic productions. There was also a port. The exhibition includes maps of the city and surrounding area, which help make it clear how the city was planned and built.
A huge film replication of the gases and debris from the exploding volcano hurtling down the mountainside towards Pompeii, with the threat of the lava following, certainly gives a good indication of what it must have been like when Mount Vesuvius exploded suddenly in 79AD. There was a population of around 11,000. The richer people fled, but many poorer people stayed. Around 1,200 of those are the ones who were trapped in the lava. What we see in the exhibition, are plaster casts of the cavities left by their bodies. These include one poor dog that had been tied up.
What a wonderful exhibition! We extended our visit to Italy, by having Italian pizza and ice-cream in Yorkville in an Italian place, Tutti's, on Cumberland, south of the tree-filled square.