A visit to Pompeii is a popular shore excursion for any cruise line that stops in Naples, Italy as it is not far distant from the port. For background, Pompeii was a Roman city that was decimated in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was completely buried and largely preserved in volcanic ash, “discovered” in 1594, and archaeological digs began in 1748 and continue to this day. A large part of Region V is yet to be uncovered.
Pompeii was a “resort” city containing approximately fifteen thousand residents. Many of the residents and rich Roman vacationers had fled the city fifteen years prior due to a massive earthquake. More left prior to the eruption as volcanic rumbles gave troubling signs a day before. People did not realise the mountain was a dangerous volcano, but memory of the earlier earthquake was still fresh in their minds so they feared another. Hence the number of body impressions found so far are in the hundreds rather than thousands.
Whether a history buff or not, any visitor to the site will still be impressed. A few things should be kept in mind however.