Pompeii vs ROMpeii Markets

One of the things I loved seeing at Pompeii were the shopfronts.  I loved seeing the counters, and imagining people standing around waiting for their food, negotiating, gossiping, and enjoying themselves.  I took countless photos of these shopfronts, completely enchanted by the feelings they evoked.

Bottega at Pompeii with serving jars and an oven

Bottega at Pompeii with serving jars and an oven

Tourists crowded around a bottega, Pompeii

Tourists crowded around a bottega, Pompeii

It was really nice then to visit the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Pompeii exhibit (#ROMpeii) and see a reconstructed market stall.  The part I liked the best were the amphorae set into the counters that visitors could try to lift to see how heavy they were.  (Spoiler alert: very heavy!)

Reconstructed Pompeii market, Royal Ontario Museum

Reconstructed Pompeii market, Royal Ontario Museum

I really enjoyed seeing the reconstructed market, and it helped to bring life to my memories of the Pompeii streets I walked along in the fall.

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