They had a class system, so the lower class lived at the bottom of the hill and the richer you were, the higher up on the hill you lived.
Because they used animals as their transportation, the roads got messy with animal droppings, so they would open their water drains at the top of the hill and let the water rush down and wash the streets. So they had these stepping stones so they could still cross the street. And you can see the wagon wheel marks in the stone.
This was a water fountain, they didn't have street signs so they used these faces as the street markers.
I think it would be scary living this close to a huge volcano..
While excavating, they found some vacant spots in the ash where the people were. Their bodies had decomposed but the ash acted like a sort of cast, so that was still intact. They filled the space with plaster and then had these molds of people's bodies.
Then we ate lunch with our tour group. Naples is famous for its pizza and it was delicious. Then we hiked the top of Mt. Vesuvius.
It was a mile long hike to the top. We had hiked so many mountains in the past few days, why not add a volcano to our repertoire. I'm pretty sure most of our tour group didn't make it to the top because it was kind of difficult. I kept thinking how mad I would be if I spent all that money on the tour and couldn't even make the hike.
It was cool looking down in the volcano, but it was so big we couldn't actually see the bottom.
Then it was a mile back down. We walked a lot on our trip but were able to see some amazing places that not too many people in the world get to see. And we were glad we weren't any older because of how exhausting it was for us. It was so interesting learning about the history of Pompeii and thinking that these structures were around when Christ was on the earth. Between here and Rome I learned a lot about the way of life in that ancient time. I feel like it has given me a new perspective when I read the scriptures. It helps me to understand why they may have done certain things.
Then we took a train from Naples back to Rome where we flew out early the next morning. We were so glad to take this trip together but missed our kids so much by the end. We just kept planning all the trips we will take with our kids now :)