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Haunted Places in Italy: Haunted Pompeii

Updated on May 9, 2014
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Kitty has had paranormal experiences her entire life. These experiences have fueled her passion to write about all things supernatural.

Haunted Pompeii

Most of us learned about Mount Vesuvius and the tragedy at Pompeii when we were in grade school. But did you ever stop to think that in the same location where Pompeii used to stand, there could be unsettling amounts of ghosts?

Hauntings are said to occur at places where a soul has been bound to the earth, either due to "unfinished business" or because they do not realize that their soul should move on to another plane of existence. Many times ghosts stick around because they experienced a tragic death and do not realize that their body has passed away.

After the terrifying tragedy that occurred at Pompeii, one could only imagine how many trapped or lingering souls there might be at the base of Mount Vesuvius...

The Tragedy at Pompeii

Pompeii was once a beautiful and thriving city in the Roman Empire circa 50 AD. Located at the base of Mount Vesuvius, close to the modern city of Naples, Italy, Pompeii housed large amounts of people and began to be one of the most wealthy cities in Rome during the Pax Romana. But something unfortunate turned all of the growth and development into ash and ruin...

The people of Pompeii never realized or dreamed in their wildest dreams that Mount Vesuvius was a volcano...and an active one at that. First came a terrible earthquake, killing many and running almost two thirds of the population of Pompeii out of the city's walls. Then, less than 3 days later, Mount Vesuvius erupted...covering the city of Pompeii in ash and tephra in an amount of six hours.

Unfortunately, if the victims of this terrible tragedy weren't killed by ash and soot, they were killed by the extreme heat that the volcano spewed forth. Many people took shelter below homes, in cellars below the buildings in Pompeii, but were killed by the heat despite their effort to stay alive.

Orbs at Pompeii
Orbs at Pompeii | Source

Haunted Pompeii: Ghosts in the Buried City

The well-preserved bodies lying all around the city of Pompeii seem to be reaching out to passersby. When one visits Pompeii, a sense of wonderment and beauty abounds; however, many claim that there is also a sense of impending doom at the pit of their stomachs.

Pompeii during the day is one thing...Pompeii at night is a totally different animal. Many tourists will not go near the ruined city after the sun starts to fall because people claim to hear blood-curdling screams at dusk and into the night. Another common creepy experience is the ever-present scent of sulfur that fills one's nose. The people who give tours at the city of Pompeii will tell their own personal stories of terrifying nights in Pompeii. It's as if the city still holds its original residents...it's as if many of the volcano's victims are trapped under the ash still to this day.

Shadows frequent the city of ruined Pompeii...many of which seem to loom and then disappear when one looks in the direction of the blackness. Are these shadows indeed what some people call "shadow people" or are they simply the trapped souls of the people who lost their lives to the volcano almost two thousand years ago? Or could these shadows be something more sinister...something more dark that revels in the energy of a city ruined in chaos and ash?


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    Bobby harris 4 months ago

    I was at Pompeii I am going to say this I had a weird feeling when I took some pictures I found something showed up on it.it looked like a cloak or something and it was sort of like someone was there at the body of a Pompeii victim In the stabian baths when I took picture of the victims I. Ash that's where I saw a cloth like cloak drape over edge of it,I was spooked by it so now I know someone was there nearby me.that close to me don't know if it was a woman or a man..Yet but I feel like were they watching me or or trying to tell me something, or whatever reason it was I am not scared I plan to be going back to Pompeii again soon to.spend more time alone in city as I did before when I was alone.then I will look for it again. And hope I can feel a presence and see if I can sort it out.if so I will try photos too.anything but there was warnings to stay away from Pompeii at night hearing that Pompeii ghosts are there at night and will hear them.as smell sulfur or fumes that may have come from the volcano.now that was 1,933 years ago on Aug 24 AD 79 fumes got to these pompeiians not today but,was said we could smell something, and hear people running to flee the city and hear people's cries and other things too.well till day I go back I am gonna investigate more and find out what's going on there

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    You should, Pauline. Wow, figures! LOL :)

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    Pauline 3 years ago

    Thanks for the explanation. I need to research lingering energy. And sensitive.....yeah, I'm a social worker!

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    Pauline - It could have been a visit from a spirit, or perhaps you were tapping emotionally into the lingering energy of the tragedy that happened so long ago. I believe energy from catastrophes can permeate places for centuries to come and the sensitive people can pick up on it. Blessings to you.

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    Pauline 3 years ago

    I went to Pompeii about 3 weeks ago and believe I was visited by a spirit. I was with my sister on vacation and we had been in the ruins for about 10 minutes. I started to breathe very heavy and felt the heaviness in my heart. For no apparent reason I started to cry and had no control over it. I told my sister I didn't know why I was crying - I was in Italy, having a great time! When we left that area, I did not experience that again in any other part of the ruins.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Jolina - Yes, I am interested in many things that "normal" people aren't! Haha. At least that's what my hubby tells me. Oh, well! And Bacchus? I'll have to look him up...you've piqued my interest. Thanks!

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    Sunshine Diaz 5 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

    Hi Kitty, i remember back in the late 80s when National Geographic showed a documentary about Mount Vesuvius and the city of Pompei, how they worshiped the God Bacchus and was shown also on their murals. This hub is interesting and my gosh, you are a gifted writer! You have a lot of interests. I vote this hub awesome and interesting Thumbs Up!

    Your Friend,

    Jolina

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Sparklea - I'll check it out. thanks!

    Juan - Ohh, me too me too! :)

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    Juan Alzate 5 years ago

    Pompeii, one of the places I would like to visit someday. When I grow up! :)

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    Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

    Hi kittythedreamer: Yes I wrote a hub titled, "Are There Ghosts In Gettysburg?" Just go to my Profile page and you will spot the title. While there we toured with a psychic who got an awful feeling by a red building. A computer whiz was able to post the picture on the hub. Let me know what you think! Blessings, Sparklea

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Thanks, pandula77.

    Sparklea - Did you write a hub about that picture and post it for us to see? I'd love to see it. Thanks for reading & commenting.

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    Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

    WOW, what a story! I so know about orbs, as they have shown up in pictures I took at a haunted place in Gettysburg PA...GREAT pic of yours with the orbs. I sure received an education, never knew! Thank you for sharing this incredible story. Voted up, interesting! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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    pandula77 5 years ago from Norway

    Wow..its like watching a haunted movie. A great hub!

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Paradise - Well, they say that the people had a warning by the earthquake...and that is why much of the population left. But some stayed behind to protect whatever property they owned...which was obviously a bad idea. Very sad. Thanks for reading!

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    Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

    What a sad story! It's strange the people had no warning. Usually volcanoes start emitting smoke and fumes before they blow, and there are usually some tremblors before a major volcanoe-related earthquake. But the Pompeii people seemed to be taken totally unware.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    ziyena - So jealous of you! Thanks for sharing...I can imagine how dry it might be there. That is a very sad thing to see, I probably would've cried.

    CMHypno - Yes, good point with the sulfur being related to the active volcano. It may very well be...but it's interesting to think that some of it may be from something supernatural, as well right? :) It is sad to know how horrifically these people died...and I read somewhere that it happened the day after the Romans celebrated/honored the god of fire...Vulcanius. Ironic, isn't it?

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    CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

    Interesting hub on the ghosts of Pompeii, kittythedreamer. I have been lucky enough to visit several times but have not heard stories of hauntings before, although with the horrific way in which these people died it would be strange if there were not a few ghosts about. On a more practical level, the smell of sulphur could be because Vesuvius is still an active volcano and that whole area highly volcanic

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    ziyena 5 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    I've had the pleasure of visiting Pompeii when I lived in Italy. Aside from being very very hot, dry and dusty with ash, it was an incredible experience. I guess the one impression that effected me the most was seeing the woman with child huddled into a fetal position. Very sad ... nice hub, enjoyed the review!