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Pompeii, Italy: Must-See Sights of Pompeii

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smiling.anthony: Pompeii, Italy is a popular place to visit for its historic ruins and tragic history. But did you know that the lost city of Pompeii was also a popular destination for wealthy Romans before its destruction? At the height of the Roman Empire,...

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Pompeii, Italy is a popular place to visit for its historic ruins and tragic history. But did you know that the lost city of Pompeii was also a popular destination for wealthy Romans before its destruction? At the height of the Roman Empire, it featured an amphitheatre, public baths, a forum, and all the amenities that affluent Romans had come to expect.That all changed on August 24th, 79 AD. Pompeii was located next to an active volcano named Vesuvius and the residents were so used to rumblings that perhaps they didn't notice that they had been worse than usual. The city was buried in the molten rock and ash of the first eruption, and then a super-heated cloud of gas, rock and ash finished off any survivors. The eruption was so fierce that it actually altered a river's course and altered the nearby beach, so its location was forgotten until its discovery in 1748.

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