Where Naples Coast & Islands - - Out Of Town -

Villa dei Mis­teri, Pom­peii A ter­ri­ble erup­tion not only caused the earth to tremor but also ob­scured the sky with a mix­ture of ash and pumice. The peo­ple tried in vain to es­cape. The rain of vol­canic lapilli set­tled like a fine layer of dust, bury­ing ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing. On a hot day in Au­gust 79AD, Pom­peii, Oplon­tis and Her­cu­laenum, dis­ap­peared, en­gulfed by the dev­as­tat­ing fury of Mt. Ve­su­vius. They re­mained buried for al­most two thou­sand years: Pom­peii was re­dis­cov­ered by chance in the 18th cen­tury dur­ing works on the con­struc­tion of a canal while Her­cu­la­neum was un­earthed as work­men la­bored to dig a well. Like Oplon­tis, most of what re­mained of the two Ro­man cities has now been un­earthed, although nu­mer­ous relics are still buried un­der­ground. The ma­te­rial re­cov­ered is, how­ever, suf­fi­cient to give us a gen­eral ar­chae­o­log­i­cal snap­shot of ev­ery­day life in th­ese towns: Pom­peii, Her­cu­la­neum and Oplon­tis have been re­stored to us prac­ti­cally in­tact.

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