The ancient city of Pompeii was covered by meters of volcanic ash on August 24, 79 CE after Mt Vesuvius erupted. Thus, the ruins are very well preserved.
There is a large amphitheater, baths made of marble and with carvings on the walls, as well as ruins of a basilica. And that's only the beginning. It was a huge city. There are many frescos, mosaics, tables and statues that remain. It is all a reminder of what once was- before the tragedy struck. The biggest reminder is the body casts- plaster poured into air pockets in the ash that was formed by disintegrated bodies. I saw 6. Two of their faces clearly showed terror; the others had defensive body language. There was a pregnant woman, a dog, contorted in a heart-wrenching position. It was crazy.
The forum was quite large- it was where most business, religion and politics took place. There was a lot of columned structures in the grassy area. Just beyond the forum is Casa del Fauno, the best preserved house that features a small statue of a bronze faun. It also has nice mosaics, the most famous of which is now at a Naples museum.
Stray dogs live in Pompeii. They are taken care of but there is an adoption program to find permanent homes for them. They lay in shaded areas in the baths or outside in the forum. Old and young. It's an interesting sight. We were told not to touch them, but people still did.
It was an interesting experience! I'd recommend going. Bring a hat! It's very hot out there.