The buildings, the streets, the walls – the very physical essence of Pompeii – you expect. This is a town that was overwhelmed in a catastrophic instant, the very name a byword for archaeological ruins that still impress by their sheer scale today.
But the art? This – for me – was an intoxicating surprise. Carved reliefs, frescoes, mosaics, tiling – even shop signs – intact after 2,000 years.
I think that’s an extraordinary thing, and I spent hours here this summer, wondering about those ordinary lives lived long ago.