04 October 2007

via dell'abbondanza, pompeii

Arches CP 300 gsm, 9" x 12".

we spent the entire day with a hired limo visiting pompeii and then herculaneum, which are about a half hour south of naples.

herculaneum is famous for the almost complete preservation of several large villas owned by the rich and famous of rome, but pompeii is more impressive for the sheer size of the site. in particular, the granite paving stones have been perfectly preserved, almost as a photograph of the foot traffic of the ancient site. the water troughs show the scuffs and wear of buckets dragged over the edge, and wagon wheels have worn deep ruts between the raised stones citizens used to step across the muddy and befouled streets.

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