"VENITE A POMPEII" a local real estate broker shouts in Rome. "There is an amphitheatre, a palaestra with a central natatorium or swimming pool and an aqueduct that provides water for more than 25 street fountains, at least four public baths, and a large number of private houses (domūs) and businesses. The amphitheater has sophisticated design, particularly in the area of crowd control."
"Molto importante " Crowd control. 11,000 people lived in Pompeii on the eve of its destruction, the usual mix of rich, tradesmen, and (in a separate ghetto) serving class.
"A 'bella vista' of the 'montagna di fumare' Vesuvius."
Today, Pompeii on a sunny day is a lovely place to stroll through. Not uncovered until 1599, the city's plazas and avenues feel as new as they might have been when the Romans took over the city just 160 years before its destruction. This is just about the age of our current Los Angeles, California. Among the favorite tourist features are the macabre plaster casts of the bodies of inhabitants in the positions of death when they were buried beneath fifteen feet of volcanic ash on August 24, 79CE, the day the real estate bubble burst.