Vatican Museum Tour, part 1

Any tour of the Vatican Museum is worth the time and money. I was fortunate enough to take the “Waking the Vatican” tour which begins at 6AM sharp, when the doors are unlocked, yet the public is not yet permitted to enter.

DSC_3262Yes, those are the keys actually used to unlock all the doors. Of course, the museum holds artifacts from many eras of history, including Egyptian pieces like this tablet:

DSC_3224There are plenty of Roman objects as well, literally huge rooms full of them:

DSC_3223Including this magnificent sculpture:

DSC_3228And this bathtub of an empress:

DSC_3219Must have been a ladder to get in and out of that thing. More posts to come, showing the Hall of Maps and other marvels. Check back often!

Snack stand, Pompeii

As mentioned, Pompeii featured all the conveniences one might expect to find in a modern town. Here’s a photo of a typical snack stand (my term) found in almost every street around the town.

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There’s a bar with the holes over which warm food could be served. There’s even a cutout in the bar to serve what I believe was “take out” food. I can imagine people stopping in here for something to eat, a friendly chat, and then going on with their day. I wonder what was everyone’s favorite snack.

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Roman baths, Pompeii

No Roman town would be complete without a bathing complex. Pompeii featured a marvelous facility. The exterior of the structure wasn’t much to see in its current condition:

DSC_3157But going inside, one is very impressed. The photo below shows the sort of locker room with niches where bathers places their belongings:

DSC_3158Here’s a look at what was a sauna. The break in the wall shows the hollow space where hot air flowed to warm the room:

DSC_3159And here’s a look at an indoor pool, complete with skylight:

DSC_3167And another bathing area:

DSC_3160Of  course there was quite a bit of decoration as can be seen from the ceiling show in the next image:

DSC_3165The Romans thought of everything for this facility. It must have been a pleasant place to get clean, relax, and have a chat with your fellow resident. Surely it was the precursor to today’s modern spas.

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Pompeii, house interior painting

Continuing with home visits in Pompeii, here you see how some of the rooms were painted. Of course, there’s this famous one:

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And here is another one showing you a room with more context:

DSC_3154There’s an attempt in the panting above to show perspective. Moving closer, here’s some detail from the center:

DSC_3155For all those bright colors, take a look at a space adorned in darker hues:

DSC_3180There were many more rooms like this to show. Sadly, space here does not permit sharing them. I may do a photo essay in a few months with just random images from Pompeii. More to come from this fantastic archaeological site.

Published in: on November 23, 2018 at 11:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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