Here you will find the history of Pompeii and also highlights of this famous attraction.

Pompeii was a thriving city in southern Italy nearly 2,000 years ago.

It joined the Roman Empire after the Social Wars and soon adapted to Roman culture, adopting Latin as the primary language.

The town prospered and grew wealthy because of the region’s fertile soil.

Thus becoming a hideaway for the wealthy.

In 79 A.D., the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted and sent miles of toxic gas and smoke into the air.

Pompeii and many of its 10,000 inhabitants vanished under a layer of ash.

In the 16th century, Pompeii was rediscovered while digging a canal

The excavations didn’t start until the 18th century. 

Archaeologists are still working on the remaining portions of the original site, they excavated about two-thirds of its original size.

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