Just south of Naples, near the coast, at the foot of a scenic mountain, is the little town of Pompei. In ancient Roman times it was a thriving and sophisticated city. Then, in 79 AD, it was buried under massive amounts of ash and pumice after the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The horrible, almost instant, burial of the city has preserved the remnants of the city’s buildings, many artifacts and even some residents in amazing condition. It was truly fantastic to explore the mostly intact villas, bath houses and streets of this once vibrant ancient Roman city.