Garden of Fugitives, Pompei

Garden of Fugitives, Pompei

The many historical wonders of Pompeii tell us much about how people lived in this ancient city. One quiet corner amongst its maze of buildings gives a poignant insight into the disaster that destroyed this city overnight. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD is believed to have been one of the most catastrophic volcanic events of all time. It threw a deadly cloud of ash and stone up to 20 miles into the air, and ultimately released enough thermal energy to make a hundred thousand atomic bombs. Those unable to flee Pompeii, just a few miles from the volcano, were killed by lava flows that swept through the city. When the ash cloud fell to earth, it buried Pompeii, and an estimated 16,000 victims of the deadly eruption.

When they began excavating Pompeii in the 19th century, archaeologists began finding decomposed bodies of people and animals. By pouring plaster into air pockets left in the rubble, they were able to create casts of many victims. At the Garden of the Fugitives, an area thought to have been a small orchard, thirteen bodies were found, and their casts have been laid out as they were discovered. It is a poignant memorial to those that perished in the eruption that preserved the city for modern visitors. A woman can be seen holding her child, whilst others were clearly trying to protect themselves, in vain, from the deadly lava flow.

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Garden of Fugitives on Map

Sight Name: Garden of Fugitives
Sight Location: Pompei, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Old City Self Guided Tour II  

Walking Tours in Pompei, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Pompei

Create Your Own Walk in Pompei

Creating your own self-guided walk in Pompei is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Pompeii Places of Worship

Tour of Pompeii Places of Worship

The true age of Pompeii can be determined through the temples and places of worship found there. They provide us the clearest picture of the cultural life of Pompeii citizens. Take this tour and discover the remnants of places of worship of the various cults practiced in the ancient city that laid buried in ash and clinker from the Vesuvius eruption since 79 AD.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Pompeii Ancient Life Tour

Pompeii Ancient Life Tour

Pompeii is a prosperous ancient town that was buried under ashes from Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. The disaster perfectly preserved some of Pompeii's artifacts can now tell us about the daily life and traditions of its citizens. Follow this self-guided tour to explore the town houses and learn more about the life of its inhabitants.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Once, almost 2,000 years ago, the prosperous city of Pompeii was buried under the ash from Vesuvius and this preserved its historic and cultural treasures for hundreds of years. Rich in archaeological and historic sites, Pompeii is well worth seeing. Take this orientation walk down Pompeii streets, and enjoy the most popular sights of Pompei.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Historic Places of Pompeii

Historic Places of Pompeii

One of the most visited places in Italy, Pompeii is a prosperous ancient city of merchants that in 79 AD was buried under ashes and cinders from Vesuvius volcano. Because of that disaster, many fragments of antiquity were preserved and are now brought back to life. Don't hesitate to spend a few hours of your time to explore the historic places and the open-air museum of Pompeii.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Old City Self Guided Tour II

Old City Self Guided Tour II

2,000 years on, the secrets of Pompeii have not been fully revealed until today. Wonderful pieces of art have been found in the excavations of the ancient town. Enjoy the view of Vesuvius and touch the preserved walls, which keep the memories of Pompeii and its citizens alive. Take this tour and discover the town once buried under the thick layer of ash.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Old City Self Guided Tour I

Old City Self Guided Tour I

Due to the quick and unexpected death of the city of Pompeii, it has become a window into the past, which shows us the way people lived back in the 1st century A.D. Roman Empire. Take this tour to discover the preserved sights of the ancient city -- the details of its public, private and cultural life.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles