Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

Pompeii is the worlds most famous archaeological site and Italy’s top tourist attraction. I was there for several days a few years ago. Pompeii was buried in AD 79 by volcanos eruption in the Bay of Naples (Mount Vesuvious). Pompeii lay silent under 20 feet of volcanic ash, until it was discovered in 1748. 30% of Pompeii is still buried ! "It is a peak of hell which towers up in the middle of paradise". Almost 2,000 years after it wiped out Pompeii, Mount Vesuvious is still active. Most interesting site in the entire Mediterranean world. Over 2.5 million visitors each year to the 109 acre ruins. "The Fires of Vesuvious: Pompeii Lost and Found" by Mary Beard. Pompeii was a small city south of Naples. It was like the Beverly Hills or Malibu of the Roman Empire. The grand villas were luxury resorts for the rich and famous and very powerful and wealthy Roman senators. Up to 30,000 people lived in Pompeii in AD 79. About 2,000 died in the eruption and the rest fled at the first tremors. It was called a city frozen in time by ash. There is a Pompeii Blogging Site too. www.pompeii.com . from dust to dust and ash to ash ?

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