Walking the streets of Pompeii was one of the most fascinating excursions during my trip to Italy. Much of it is so well preserved that you can just imagine the people living out their lives in their homes, restaurants, amphitheaters, baths, markets, and brothels. You can feel the ruts in the street where the carts and chariots rolled by. And you can see the remains of the terrified people taking their last breaths. While in Pompeii I tried to put myself in the minds of the ancient people over 1900 years ago when their beautiful mountain began to shake and spew toxic gases and ash. But more than that, Pompeii allows one to glimpse how the lives of those Romans mirrored ours until they were tragically snuffed out.