The forum in Pompeii was a large open space of a rectangular shape, surrounded by political buildings, temples, markets and porticos.
It was an urban center, the main square of the city, home to town’s main civic, commercial and religious institutions. The center of life and interest for its citizens, a bustling crowd that came here every day to meet, gossip, run business or worship.
A must see when visiting Pompeii!
My job as a tour guide allows me to meet a number of people, most of them very interesting.
A few days ago I guided at Pompeii a couple of tourists, Tony and Tatiana.
Tony is a young person, totally blind and 80% deaf in both ears without his hearing aids.
He has a great passion for travels and he has visited all seven of the World’s continents.
He has written several books about his world adventures.
The books are travel diaries of the observations and experiences of a blind man as he travels around the world.
I invite everyone to visit his nice site
Seeing The World My Way
A totally blind and partially deaf guy’s global adventures
Seeing the World My Way follows Tony Giles’ journey of hedonism and thrill-seeking adventure as he travels across North America, Asia and Australasia. Full of drama, danger and discovery, this fascinating travel biography is a young blind man’s view of the world as he sets out to achieve his dream, dealing with disability whilst living life to the limit.
Paperback published by SilverWood Originals. Price £8.99. ISBN 978-1-906236-38-0. 224 pages.
The two centers of entertainment in Pompeii were the Amphitheater, located in the eastern part of the city, and the Theaters located further west, near Port Stabiana.
From the VI century BC. C. Greeks used natural slopes were used to construct the stands. In Pompeii the neighborhood of the theaters included several important buildings.
The Teatro Grande is dated the second century BC. It has preserved its original appearance despite the constant remakes, including the restoration of the Augustan age. The scene that was originally with floors in imitation of the front of a building, was entirely rebuilt after the damage reported by the earthquake of 62 AD. C. In the Augustan era were built parodoi, side aisles covered access to the orchestra, gaining on them of the boxes (tribunalia) for guests of honor. One of parodoi is connected to a courtyard with a staircase leading to the Triangular Forum.
The cavea (tiers) is divided into three areas, that were said: ima reserved for senators, media to the guilds of the middle class, and summa for the populace.
This theater could accommodate about 5000 spectators, was restored during the Bourbon age and has, unfortunately, recently had a questionable vigorous action.
The Odeion or Small Theatre, formed a homogeneous group with the Teatro Grande, it could accommodate about 500 spectators, was smaller then the previous and covered with a roof. Was used for musical auditions, although some recent speculations recognize it as a building for political meetings. The construction of the building around 80 BC was financed by the two magistrates C. Q. Valgus and M. Porcius. Even here there were tribunalia intended for privileged spectators, and the auditorium was divided into three sectors. The decorations were very elegant, it is shown by the marbled orchestra and the two stone telamons found on the steps.
Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. Today, it is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people living nearby and its tendency towards explosive (Plinian) eruptions. It is the most densely populated volcanic region in the world.
|79||explosive||Ash-fall, pomices and lahars|
|472||effusive-explosive||Lava flow and lahars to north-western flank|
|26 February 685||effusive||Imposing lava flow|
|787||effusive-explosive||Lahars and imposing lava flow|
|968||???||Lava flow to sea|
|27 January 1037||???||Lava flow to sea|
|29 May 1139||explosive||Ash-fall|
|16 December 1631||effusive-explosive||Cone collapse; lava flow to sea|
|3 July 1660||explosive||Ash-fall to north-east flank|
|13 April 1694||effusive||Lava toward Torre del Greco|
|25 May 1698||effusive-explosive||Damage by ash-fall to south-east flank|
|28 July 1707||effusive-explosive||—–|
|20 May 1737||effusive-explosive||A lava flow invades T. del Greco; ash-fall and lahars|
|23 December 1760||effusive-explosive||Opening of lateral vents on southern flank (150 m asl)|
|19 October 1767||effusive-explosive||Two lava flows toward T.Annunziata and S. Giorgio a C.|
|8 August 1779||explosive||Ash and bombs over Ottaviano|
|15 June 1794||effusive-explosive||Opening of lateral vents on SO flank (470 m asl)|
|22 October 1822||effusive-explosive||Two lava flows toward T. del Greco and Boscotrecase|
|23 August 1834||effusive-explosive||
A lava flow toward Poggiomarino
|6 February 1850||effusive-explosive||—–|
|1 May 1855||effusive||A lava flow invades Massa and S.Sebastiano|
|8 December 1861||effusive-explosive||Opening of lateral vents on SO flank (290 m asl)|
|15 November 1868||effusive||—–|
|24 April 1872||effusive-explosive||A lava flow invades Massa and S.Sebastiano|
|4 April 1906||effusive-explosive||A lava flow toward T.Annunziata, strong explosive activity|
|3 June 1929||effusive-explosive||A lava flow toward Terzigno|
|18 March 1944||effusive-explosive||A lava flow invades Massa and S.Sebastiano|
At the top of the volcano is a crater rim that affords a view into the crater that still fumes slightly. Besides that you will have a stunning panorama overseeing the Bay of Naples, Capri, Ischia, the edge of the Sorrento coast and more. Everyone has to walk up the last 500m steeply uphill. Closed-in shoes are essential.