Pompeii is known in the world above all for its archaeological excavations, declared a “World Heritage Site” by Unesco in 1997, which brought to light the ancient city submerged by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
This explosive volcano in a state of quiescence since 1944, located in the territory of the homonymous National Park established in 1995, is a favorite destination for many tourists who wish to visit, trekking along its slopes and along its many paths, coming into contact with its rich flora and fauna.
The terrible eruption of Vesuvius that buried Pompeii in 79 AD he left to posterity the opportunity to appreciate and visit the city as it appeared to the ancient inhabitants just before the catastrophe. The Pompeians did not know that “Mount Vesuvius” was a volcano. Pliny the Younger, a guest in the house of his uncle Pliny the Elder, historian, scientist and commander of the naval base of Miseno, left us a precious document describing the days of the eruption (read).
The earthquakes that preceded the eruption did not make the Pompeians suspicious, who were still busy restoring the buildings affected by the strong earthquake of 17 years earlier. Pompeii, together with the nearby cities of Stabia, Herculaneum and Oplontis offers the contemporary visitor a suggestive and incomparable experience. Strolling through the streets and alleys, looking out in the various houses and workshops, visiting the temples and spas of 2000 years ago in an area of over 66 hectares … it is only possible to do so in Pompeii.