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The archaeological areas of Pompeii is one Italy’s 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near the modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania. In 79 AD Pompeii was mostly destroyed and buried under 3 meters of ash and pumice during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

A visit to Pompeii is a full immersion in the daily life of classical antiquity and represents an unique testimony of the city’s architectural importance.

We know about the destruction from a letter written by Pliny the Younger discovered in the 16th century, In this letter he described his experience during the eruption while he was staying in the home of his uncle, Pliny the Elder, an official in the Roman Court, who tried to rescue Pompeii citizens.

Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with approximately 2.5 million visitors every year.