157 Advertising has always been effective. This ad for wine is on a corner just like billboards are used today.
158 This is why we loved this town. Two story buildings with roofs. Less ash here than Pompeii.
159 Inside a two story building, just imagine when it was in use.
160 Remains of a marble picture. Very detailed work.
161 Just go up the stairs and join the family for dinner.
Amazing that they stayed intact after all the time that has passed.
162 This wood survived not just the centuries it was buried, it also had to survive the superheated ash.
163 The floor here is sloped in different directions around the fountain. Why?
Then people can lay there and look at the beautiful decorations while eating and drinking.
164 This was the alter wall of a dining room. The center would have had the main god and the sides would have had lesser gods.
See the hunting theme mural above?
165 This is a wine shop. The second floor was both living space and storage for the large wine casks. The charred wood is original.
166 Even the skylights were ornate. The little carved figurines survived the tragedy in good shape.
167 A floor in the same house.
168 The second floor is open to the main floor. The stairs are covered by glass to preserve and protect them.
169 This is a doorknob on a perfectly functional sliding door in one house.
The Romans were rich and had many things just like we have today.
170 A larger view of the entire sliding door. Charred, but otherwise fine.
171 The atrium of one of the houses.
These houses were all grouped together with no visible yard.
Everything was contained inside the walls of each compound.
172 This is a bedroom of the house. See the shiny reflection from the wax paint?
173 Even 2000 years of earthquakes didn't break this tile floor.
The waves in the ground and the tilt of the structure speak of the violence of the ground movement.
174 While this partition wall survived, it needs bracing to stay in place.
175 Looks like any contemporary shopping district. We loved all the charred wooden window frames and doors.
176 It is said that the shutters still open and close freely.
And look at the door below them. Just amazing. A word that repeats over and over in this town.
177 Romans were extremely clean people. This is a public wash basin.
Venus is demonstrating how to wash your hair.
178 This is inside a sculpture shop.
There were many pieces that were nearly complete when the volcano interrupted.
179 Great detail on every piece.
This, we guess, was a coat rack.
180 Look near the wooden gate. Those are lead pipes that were used for water delivery to every building.
Running water to your house. 2000 years ago. Aqueducts were Roman after all.