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Pompeii

Pompeii

Pompeii

Pompeii (near Naples) – this was a Roman-era seaside town just outside of present-day Naples that fell victims to Mount Vesuvius’ volcanic eruption and subsequent flows of lava afterwards in 79 AD — wiping out the town. The excavations that took place in modern times revealed slices of life of Ancient Rome – from ordinary residents to the local elite. Along with uncovering various artifacts, even some of the victims’ corpses (in their ash-burnt condition), were also found by archaeologists. An amphitheater was also excavated (where gladiator matches were once held). Publicity over these excavations has since attracted tour groups to visit this site. Admission: €11 (good for the entire day). Hours: Daily 8:30 – 7:30 pm (April – October), 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (November – March). For more info, see: www.pompeiisites.org