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Eruption of Vesuvius
Virtual Audio Tour
Pompeii is a ruined Roman city near modern Naples, Italy. Along with surrounding communities, Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during a catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius in August 79 CE.
The volcano totally buried Pompeii with ash and pumice. After being lost for nearly 1700 years, the city was accidentally rediscovered in 1748. Since then, its excavation has provided extraordinary insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction in Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Much like San Diego, Pompeii was a bustling, beautiful port city popular with tourists. Its industries included wine, pottery, and agriculture.
A Day in Pompeii and its rarely toured artifacts will travel to only four American cities. With over 250 authentic artifacts, stunning frescos, computer-generated reconstructions, and more, this exhibition reveals a vibrant existence in Pompeii and the city’s abrupt end.