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Expert Review of Pompei

Family Review of Pompei

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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FamilyExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • It's easy to spend a day exploring these expansive ruins. Do bring: comfortable shoes for all, sunscreen, water, snacks, hats. Try to visit early morning or late day to avoid crowds and sun. Good books for kids: Pompeii, Lost & Found, by Mary Pope Osborne; Bodies From the Ash, by James M. Deem.
  • Vesuvius obliterated Pompeii in August of 79 A.D. Casts of spaces in the solidified layers created by decomposed human remains allow us to see the poignant horror of that moment; some casts have been left exactly where victims fell. Seeing the casts is gripping, emotional, and may be difficult for some kids.
  • Sexuality was a normal part of Roman culture. Prostitution had no stigma, and artwork was very graphic. Frescoes here depict all manner of sexuality. Families uncomfortable with this should research ahead to avoid the most graphic scenes (i.e. the baths and brothel), or use Pompeii to open discussions about ancient vs. modern mores, the function of art, or cultural differences in the world today

72 Corso Europa
Parking: 9a-6p

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