Pompeii. The city destroyed by a volcano. The bustling resort city with running water and even heat sent through the hollow walls and under floors, was soon to be no more.
The story of Pompeii is a tragic one. The Pompeii community was recovering from a major earthquake that ruined the city’s infrastructure in 63 AD when Mt. Vesuvius erupted killing approximately 16,000 people. Some people were buried alive by falling ash and molten material thrown from the volcano. Others died in a pyroclastic surge, or cloud of toxic gas, that is believed to be so hot that it killed hundreds in a fraction of a second, leaving their bodies frozen in time.
Due to the extensive damage caused by the eruption and the emotional turmoil, the city of Pompeii was frozen in time until explorers found the site in 1748. Looters had raided the area of many of the cities riches. Still, many buildings, skeletons, and remnants of the era were preserved by the volcanic ash. I would recommend a trip to the National Archeological Museum of Naples to make your trip to Pompeii complete.