Rank: Top 100
Wonder Type: Cultural
When Vesuvius erupted on 24 August AD 79, it engulfed the two flourishing Roman towns of Pompei and Herculaneum, as well as the many wealthy villas in the area. These have been progressively excavated and made accessible to the public since the mid-18th century. This site is considered to be one of the few sites where an ancient city has been preserved in detail - everything from jars and tables, to paintings and people were frozen in time.
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "Pompei", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.