For more than 250 years, Pompeii archaeological site in southern Italy’s Campania region, near the coast of the Bay of Naples, has been a popular tourist destination. Being part of the Vesuvius National Park, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1997. To keep up with the popular demand of increasing visitors to Pompeii, and to ease congestion, the acting body opened up new opportunities for the public to buy tickets to visit Herculaneum and Stabiae.
Pompeii town relies mainly on the economy created by the archaeological site. Subsequently, many residents are employed in the hospitality and tourism industry. This includes serving as hotel staff, taxi or bus drivers tour guides or waiters.
Evidence reveals that Pompeii was a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, but was buried under metres of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The site features excavated ruins of streets and relatively preserved houses that visitors can freely explore.
Still lying on a bed of prehistoric lava, Pompeii’s city as seen today, reveals what things were like in the last decades of its life before the 79 A.D. eruption. It is easy to imagine the taverns, that are still fully visible here, bustling with people, and crowds queuing to frequent the amphitheater with an insatiable thirst for violent sports.