Let us get a few cliches out of the way first, just for convenience and because you know we were going to drop them anyway. Pompeii is a must-see attraction in Italy (that's number one), and it is one of those destinations where history is palpable (number two). Elsewhere those kind of words are sometimes used too lightly, but in this case we must concede that Pompeii is truly a must-see place and should form part of any Italy itinerary that cares about its history and culture.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site, at about a half an hour drive under the Vesuvius volcano from Naples, is famous for being destroyed by an eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 AD. The eruption killed thousands of the city's inhabitants and buried it under a thick layer of pumice stone and ash, which helped preserve it in great detail by keeping moisture and air out. Pompeii is one of the only ancient cities in the world that has been kept in such perfect state.
Strolling around here will give you a real idea of how a thriving commercial city in the days of the Roman Empire looked like and was structured. From the forum to the amphitheatre, streets and numerous houses. One of the more macabre things to be seen in Pompeii are the plaster casts of the victims - preserved in exactly the shape they were in when they spent their last moments. Look up the Mount Vesuvius and tell us that isn't haunting. [Review by travelindicator]
- Pompeii is a city in Italy's region of Campania. It has a population of 25,671, is situated at an altitude of 715ft and the best airport to fly into is NAP (Capodichino, Napoli)
- The currency used in Italy is the Euro (EUR)
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More Pompeii travel resources
Obviously there are plenty of other resource on Pompeii out there. Starting off with the Tripadvisor page on the attraction, followed by Wikitravel, Rick Steves, TimeOut and the Guardian. Nomadic Matt was here, of course, and good blog posts can be found at The Road Forks and Viator. Finally, Travel with Bender gives the place a thumbs down.
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- When I was in Pompeii in 1980 and I snuck in to the city at night under a full moon on January 4th and I'll never forget it. In my opinion that's the most beautiful city in the world because time as stopped and her citizens still walk her ways and avenues beneath the wine sun. It was just wondering through the town of Pompeii and the moon and you could see the silhouette of embracing lovers in the shadows of the silent arena of the colosseum. It was incredible! Mark. (Anonymous)(+2)