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Area (sq km): 301,230
Population: 58,103,033
Nationality: Italian
Local Name: Italia
Language: Italian,
Time Zone: +1 GMT
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
Capital: Rome
Dialling Code: +39
Electricity: 230V/50Hz
Internet Code: .it
Religion: Roman Catholic,
Climate: Mediterranean,
Government: Republic
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 8.30-13.30,
Major Airports: Bologna(BLQ),

Visit Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii from Italy villas

The great Mount Vesuvius eruption immortalised 1st Century Pompeii forever. Visiting Pompeii today from Italy villas is a wholly rewarding experience and one that is guaranteed to form a memory to last a lifetime.


The most amazing thing about visiting Pompeii today is that it is almost exactly the same as it was during its glory times almost two thousand years ago. Rent Italy villas to learn that after the destructive eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 AD, Pompeii was buried under ash and sediment and was essentially forgotten, entombed and unchanged. For this reason Pompeii is now the best preserved ancient city in the world.

Pompeii & Herculaneum – the lost cities

Since its burial ended any new construction or development Pompeii remains eerily stuck in the 1st Century. The lost city is Italy’s top tourist attraction, registering over 2.7 million visitors to Pompeii where there are a range of Italy villas available for you to choose from.

In 1997 UNESCO declared the surrounding area of Vesuvius National Park a World Heritage Site. The lesser city of Herculaneum was also lost after the great eruption and makes an interesting addition to visiting Pompeii. Other preserved sites on the Vesuvius National Park include Villa Poppaea and Stabiae.

Naples & Sarno River

Pompeii is located in the region of Campania. The city is near Naples and the Sarno River. Pompeii used to be quite near the coast, but is now moved further inland as the waters of the Mediterranean have receded.

There is a train running to the modern town of Pompeii or you can take the private train line called Circumvesuviana. Getting to Pompeii is quite simple as it is easily accessible from an Italy villa rental.

Researchers estimate that Pompeii was born sometime around the 8th-6th Century BC. At the time of its destruction Pompeii is estimated to have been home to about 20,000 people. 1st Century Pompeii was a lively city where Romans had built their holiday villas to escape from the city.

Ancient Pompeii had aqueducts, a forum, an amphitheatre and even street graffiti. Many preserved frescoes have been unearthed that shine a great light on life at the time and indeed add to Italy’s already extensive art collection.The frescoes are often erotic in nature and were actually reburied by early discoverers as a means of censorship.

Mount Vesuvius eruption

On 24 August 79 AD the great Mount Vesuvius eruption annihilated the areas surrounding it, including Pompeii and Herculaneum. The city was buried beneath 12 layers of ash and soil.

As time went on the city was lost, forgotten. Herculaneum was the first to be rediscovered during the building of a home for the King of Naples in 1738. Attempts at unearthing the lost cities continued, but it was not until 1860 that Giuseppe Fiorelli took over that major work began.

Because of Fiorelli's hard work and dedication you can now rent Italy villas and see that Pompeii is back on the map in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius and providing a truly amazing window into the past.

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