Skip to comments.Beyond Pompeii: Places swallowed by Vesuvius
Posted on 09/02/2008 9:49:01 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Over several centuries, millions of tourists have visited Pompeii to acquaint themselves with the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that began on Aug. 24, 79 A.D. But while it's the most famous eruption site, the ancient Roman city 15 miles south of Naples isn't the best place to gauge the volcano's awesome destructive power.
For that, one should visit lesser-known Herculaneum, which is closer to Vesuvius, or Oplontis and Stabiae, two sites more recently uncovered and still relatively unknown to tourists. In these places, several of which are still being excavated, the eruption's consequences are more visible.
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A view of Mount Vesuvius from the quarters of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation in the modern city of Castellammare di Stabia. Castellammare was partly built over Stabiae, a group of opulent Roman villas covered by Vesuvius' eruption. [Edward J. Sozanski / for The Inquirer]
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I saw both Pompeii and Herculaneum this spring. Both are amazing sites.
However, Herculaneum is indeed a better preserved city; even the wood beams, doors, etc. survive.
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