Pompei and Ercolano - A journey back into time


A sudden, unexpected explosion: this is how the eruption of Vesuvius is described by Pliny the Younger in one of his letters to Tacitus, full of details, impressions and personal feelings. Pliny was at Miseno, with his mother and uncle, Pliny the Elder, who was in command of the Roman fleet.

"That portion of the coast, due to its beauty, was densely populated", says Pliny the Younger. What happened was "an unforgettable disaster". Vesuvius stood high above surrounding places...

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