Pompeii is located about 17 miles from Naples. Tour companies offer day trips to Pompeii, if you are driving it is very accessible, and if you are on a cruise that makes has Naples as one of its ports of call some of their shore excursions will bring you to Pompeii.
As you arrive, you are immediately taken aback by how well preserved the ruins are. Several buildings still have the original paint on the walls, nearly 1935 years later! Much longer than your paint is guaranteed for today!
Pompeii was a coastal town and a major center of trade. As such it had all the amenities required by passing sailors.
The city was rediscovered in 1738. Its excavation took place in parts and was stopped on many occasions due to the sexual nature of many of the frescoes and artifacts found in the city.
Homes were built around a central courtyard which had a fountain for the collection of water. Small pieces of marble were laid out on the floors to allow for reflection of moonlight at night and inhabitants to be able to walk around at night.
The forum is perhaps one of the parts of the city that is least preserved. It was the center of town and the place where the government was located and where tables were laid out with the goods of visiting traders. The Temples of Apollo, Jupiter and Vespasian were also located in the area of the forum.
Roman thermal baths can be found throughout the Roman Empire. Pompeii also had one and is perhaps one of the most preserved locations in the city. The fountain, with an inscription from the politician who made its construction possible, is made out of marble and in the brightest point in the room. The artwork on the walls is still preserved and in great condition.