Pompeii

The city of Pompeii is close to the Bay of Naples. In 79 AD, a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius covered and destroyed Pompeii, killing over 2000 inhabitants. The city was lost for 1,500 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1599. The Volcanic ash and pumice had preserved the city from the time of the eruption all those years earlier. This site is considered to be one of the few sites where an ancient city has been preserved in detail - everything from jars and tables to paintings and people were frozen in time, yielding an unprecedented opportunity to see how the people lived 2000 years ago. The main attractions include the House of the Gladiators, Eumachia, House of Julia Felix, House of Loreius Tiburtinus, House of Menander, House of Sallust, House of the Tragic Poet, House of the Vettii, Lupanar, Macellum of Pompeii, Suburban Baths and the Temple of Isis. Also, visit the "Garden of the Fugitives" at the south-east side where plaster casts of several victims (sadly, including children) are on display where they originally fell. The plants in this garden have been reconstructed to match ancient growth, based on the study of plaster casts of plant roots. Pompeii is a truly breath-taking experience.

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