For the lovers of history, all of Italy is very interesting, and Pompeii is no exception.
Pompeii was founded in the 7th - 6th century BC, and it was abandoned in 79 AD after it was destroyed by 13 to 20 feet of volcanic ash when Mount Versuvius erupted. It is estimated that Pompeii had a population of about 11,000. Pretty sad, if you think of it.
Pompeii was rediscovered in 1599 after being lost for 1,500 years. Nowadays, it gets about 2.5 million tourists a year, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy.
A lot of the city has been very well preserved, due to the fact it was buried, and the lack of air. Thanks to this preservation, historians have been helped a lot in learning about the ancient art and every day life.
There was a big earthquake just a few years before the volcanic eruption. This earthquake did lots of damage, and many people left Pompeii to escape theft and starvation.
The eruption of Mount Versuvius happened on August 24, 79 AD, which was just a day after Vulcanalia, the festival of the Roman god of fire. Ironic, eh?
Pompeii is a must-see for any history lover.