In 79 AD Pompeii was a prosperous town of about 20,000 people located about 9 kms southeast of Vesuvius volcano. It was the site of both commercial and political activity. In 62 AD the city was rocked by strong earthquake that caused considerable damage. At the time of the 79 AD eruption many of the buildings were still under repair.

The eruption buried the city with about 3 meters of pumice and ash. It was rediscovered in 1748 when excavations in an area known as "Civita" uncovered artifacts and buildings. Subsequently, about three quarters of the city has been excavated from the volcanic deposits.

The excavations of Pompeii revealed unique information about life in Roman times. Because the eruption buried the city so quickly, it preserved fascinating details about the inhabitants, their homes, the food they ate, the art they produced, and their day to day activities.
In your visit to Pompeii you will be able to explore sites where the volcanic deposits are exposed and other locations of cultural interest.