The ghosts of an ancient Italian city are very much alive thanks to a project intended to preserve their final resting place. Located near Naples, Pompeii attracts millions of visitors every single year. If you aren’t familiar with the history of Pompeii, here is a quick history lesson. The city was destroyed and buried under several feet of volcanic ash during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius back in 79 AD. The eruption also killed thousands of the city’s residents who were unable to escape. Archaeologists have since excavated the city (centuries after the eruption).
Aside from buildings, archaeologists also found many of the residents of Pompeii entombed in casts. Today, you can see these casts as you tour the remains of this once vibrant city. Mt. Vesuvius is still a very active volcano. In fact, it is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. But don’t worry; the volcano hasn’t erupted in quite some time. The last eruption was back in the 1940s.
This citywide museum is one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions. However, the herds of people, combined with weather and time have all taken a toll on the remains of Pompeii. Rising up through the ashes, is the Great Pompeii Project. The project started a few years ago, when the European Union pledged funding to restore Pompeii. As part of the project, six newly restored villas recently reopened to the public. The sites include a merchant’s house, a bathing structure, a laundry house, and a business that sold fabric. Officials pledge to continue to keep a dead city alive.
Are you ready to visit Pompeii? Let’s talk about travel. You can certainly stay near Pompeii. I would suggest staying at a exquisite International Vacation Home Exchange property #0861 in the nearby city of Campania. First, you have what could arguably be one of the best views of the Amalfi Coastline from your vacation home exchange. You can enjoy that view from your private swimming pool. Second, you can take the train Pompeii. You could drive but the parking fees to park near the entrance to Pompeii can set you back. So I would recommend taking the train to get to Pompeii.
I should mention that Campania is also known for its ancient ruins. Also, the city of Naples is also close by. So if you love history, book a vacation home exchange and visit Pompeii. And if you do go, be sure to share your story with us.
Thank you to guest travel blogger Carla Pruitt. You can follow Carla on Twitter at @crobscarla