Pompeii, the famous ruined and partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples was destroyed and completely buried during a volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii was buried under 4-6 meters of ash and pumice for nearly 1700 years.
Unbelievably well preserved, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. Today this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy, with approximately 2,500,000 visitors per year!
While Pompeii offers the visitor many well-preserved Roman city ruins to explore, the most popular are the Temples of Apollo, Jupiter and the Forum. Since 1911, all findings of furnishings and household utensils have been left where they were found, giving fascinating insight into everyday life in 79 AD.