Consider a visit to the ruins of Pompeii, an ancient Roman town situated near modern Naples, Italy. Along with Herculaneum, Pompeii was buried in about 20 feet of ash and pumice when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. Pompeii was lost for over 1700 years before it was rediscovered over 250 years ago. It's excavation has provided insight into the life of this ancient Roman city. It's about 5 miles away from Mount Vesuvius, and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with over 2.5 million visitors each year. It's really a very fascinating place to visit.