Why is Pompeii a tourist attraction?

Why is Pompeii a tourist attraction?

A world-famous heritage site, one of Italy’s premier tourist attractions and one of the most important archaeological sites on Earth for its Ancient Roman remains and relics: it’s the largest and best preserved Ancient Roman town.

Is Pompeii a big tourist attraction?

The ancient city of Pompeii — famously ruined in AD 79 when mighty Mount Vesuvius blew its top — is one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions. Few visitors make it to the top of the towering volcano, but those who do enjoy a commanding view. You can get to Vesuvius with a train/bus/hike journey.

What has the great Pompeii project done?

consolidation and restoration of masonry; consolidation and restoration of decorated surfaces; protecting buildings from weather exposure, with a consequent increase in the number of areas that can be visited; strengthening of the video-surveillance system.

What happened Pompeii?

Its most famous eruption took place in the year 79 A.D., when the volcano buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under a thick carpet of volcanic ash. When a group of explorers rediscovered the site in 1748, they were surprised to find that–underneath a thick layer of dust and debris–Pompeii was mostly intact.

How many tourists visit Pompeii?

2.5 million tourists
Some 2.5 million tourists visit Pompeii each year, making it one of Italy’s most popular attractions, and many have expressed shock at the site’s decay.

Are tourists ruining Pompeii’s temples?

The entrance steps of the Temple of Apollo, in particular, have been ruined by the influx of tourists,” UNESCO official Adele Lagi said at a conference held by the nonprofit group I Love Pompeii. Lagi said visitors should be diverted to other nearby archaeological sites, which are just as impressive but less crowded.

What did they do when they excavated Pompeii?

One of the first items on the agenda was to protect what had already been excavated. (Today, one third of the site remains underground.) Workers stabilized stone walls and buildings, restored frescoes, and installed new drainage systems to divert rainwater.

What’s it like to live in Pompeii?

“We’re trying to see how the other 98 percent of people lived in Pompeii,” Ellis says. “It’s a humble town block with houses, shops, and all the bits and pieces that make up the life of an ancient city.”

What are the restrictions in Pompeii?

There are “Access Prohibited” signs all over Pompeii to keep tourists away from particularly run-down areas.