For those of you who speak or read Romanian: I would like to present here one my older cultural travel writing pieces. It can be read bellow on the scribd.com platform and is a description of a memorable visit, undertaken about eight years ago, to Naples and the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum buried by the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE (in the times of emperor Titus, just three decades before Trajan conquered Dacia that set into motion the formation of the Romanian ethnic group). For me it was an important formative intellectual experience, which influenced my way of looking at facts on the ground, such as I do now in my architectural history investigations, and the way to communicate them in writing. I had also included a few photographs taken during that visit to the fantastic ruins of those venerable lost cities and places. Enjoy the lecture!