Pompei

Pompei is a unique experience

Pompei

Pompei, the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius buried the rich holiday town of Pompei in 78 AD but we can visit the ruins which have taught us so much about the lifestyle of the Romans.

A walk among the excavations of Pompei is a unique experience.

It is a journey into the past:  one captures the feeling of life in ancient times, public and private. The excavations have produced not only many treasures, but also many objects that are less precious but extremely useful for the understanding of everyday life during the years of the Roman Empire. In the buildings of these towns – from the monumental to the most simple – the ancient world appears in all its complexity.

Mount Vesuvius destroyed the city of Pompeii, a city south of Rome, in A.D. 79 in about 25 hours, according to History. Because the city was buried so quickly by volcanic ash, the site is a well-preserved snapshot of life in a Roman city. 

There is also a detailed account of the disaster recorded by Pliny the Younger, who interviewed survivors and recorded events in a letter to his friend Tacitus.

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Because seismic activity was so common in the area, citizens paid little attention in early August of 79 when several quakes shook the earth beneath Herculaneum and Pompeii.
People were unprepared for the explosion that took place shortly after noon on the 24th of August. Around 2,000 residents survived the first blast.

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