Vesuvius is a cruel but generous god for the inhabitants of Campania. Volcanic debris created a perfect soil for agriculture and in ancient times Campania was the garden (and the favorite holiday destination) of the Roman aristocracy. Cities like Pompeii and the nearby Herculaneum thrived.
In 79 AD, however, Vesuvius wreaked havoc on Pompeii and Herculaneum, covering the people under a thick layer of lava and debris. The two cities froze in time and turned into the best-preserved ancient archeological site in the world.
Discover the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum with our expert archaeologists, explore lesser-known sites such as Oplonti and San Marco, or hike on the top of Vesuvius with a geologist!
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