You survived your day in Pompeii. You were among the lucky people that got out of the city before escape became impossible. But before you go home, let’s take one more trip—to Pompeii today.
For nearly 1,700 years, Pompeii was forgotten. It was rediscovered in 1748, and scientists have been studying it ever since. The layers of pumice and ash that covered Pompeii formed a shell over the city, which preserved everything beneath it—as if the city was frozen in time. Over the centuries, experts have unearthed jewels, artwork, and statues. They even found the remains of a basket of eggs and a bowl of chicken soup.
As you walk through the ruins of Pompeii today, you can examine what remains of houses, shops, and temples. You can also see Mount Vesuvius. The volcano is silent and still—but don’t be fooled.
Mount Vesuvius has erupted more than 30 times since Pompeii was destroyed—most recently in 1944. These eruptions were minor, but scientists predict that the volcano will erupt again—with great force.
Would you want to be there to see it?