Posts Tagged ‘pompeii’

Graffiti – The Urban Artists of Pompeii

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

The city of Pompeii, with Mount Vesuvius in the background.

That’s right, Pompeii. The catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 buried the city but preserved a unique look at daily life in the ancient world, including its residents’ casual scribblings. Since the city’s walls and buildings were brightly painted, folks carved their words into them, exposing the white plaster beneath.

According to a recent article in Smithsonian magazine, messages were carved inside and outside homes, public buildings, and the city’s walls. This graffiti included friendly greetings, declarations of love, political commentary, poetry, jokes, and good wishes, carved by both the city’s elite and it’s regular folks.

Read the article and see photos of Pompeii’s graffiti here. Or, see it for yourself on these Smithsonian tours that visit Pompeii.

Five things you might not know about Capri

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Capri, one of the most idyllic places in Italy, is a must-see on any traveler’s list. Here’s five things you might not know about this Island in the Bay of Naples

The Italian island of Capri was once overrun by pirates. Today, it's a popular relaxation spot.

The Italian island of Capri was once overrun by pirates and is home to stunning examples of ancient Roman architecture.

  1. There’s no stress on the second syllable of the word “Capri.” It should be pronounced ka-pri, not keh-PRI, like the pants.
  2. Capri has been a resort since Roman times, but evidence of human habitation as far back as the Neolithic Age exists on the Island.
  3. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Capri was besieged by pirates and then occupied by the Turks, French, and British, who used the island as a naval base.
  4. Rose O’Neill, commercial illustrator and creator of the Kewpie doll, owned a villa on Capri.
  5. Villa Jovis, once the residence of  Roman Emperor Tiberius (ruled AD 27 – 37), spans 1.7 acres and contains an intricately engineered system of raincatchers which ensured a supply of fresh water for the inhabitants.

Packed your bags yet? Visit Capri and travel the Amalfi Coast on our In the Shadow of Vesuvius  tour.

Today’s question: What’s your favorite island and why?