Naples is a city in Italy, with around 959.5 thousand inhabitants. It is the 3rd largest city in Italy. Lemi has 2 lists with places in Naples.
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In the summer of 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius exploded in a devastating eruption. It immediately buried everything alive in volcanic ash, and Roman cities like Pompeii and Herculaneum vanished. Out of sight and out of mind, Pompeii only resurfaced in 1748. Explorers were shocked to find that thousands of residents, along with animals and artifacts, were perfectly preserved in sediment. Sift through traces of what would have been a normal day in Pompeii—if only Mother Nature had different plans. Some of the bakeries even still had bread in their ovens! It’s always a haunting and profound visit for the pilgrims who’ve come through the years. One-third or so of the area is still under compacted debris, so the outside world is learning about local life alongside scholars and archaeologists.
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Just a few hours away, Herculaneum suffered the same fate as Pompeii. Much less was excavated, but the baths, taverns, temples, and villas were even better preserved since the layer of ash here was deeper. In the early days, archaeologists even found organic matter (like wood) intact. Herculaneum is a bit often overlooked, drawing a much smaller crowd than Pompeii (of, course weekday mornings are even quieter). Remember to wear comfortable clothes and stay hydrated since you’ll be walking a lot. Gain an intimate look at elaborate frescoes, mosaics, and marble works that adorn the aging walls. These give us a peek at just how wealthy the residents were. Some mansions like the Villa dei Papiri even overlook the sea, inviting people of power (such as Julius Caesar’s father-in-law) to vacation here.
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Luxurious villas where the rich and powerful went for a hedonistic weekend sounds a lot like an invention of this era. Baia was Ancient Rome’s own sin city that indulged its guests in all sorts of earthly pleasures. Steamy bathhouses and mosaic-clad pools dot the resort town. Influential people came for a good time, and legendary scandals followed their trails—what happens in Baia, stays in Baia. The volatile volcanic activity that fuelled the popular hot springs were also what caused its disappearance. Half of Baia slipped into the sea due to the earth’s vents, but statues and columns have remained unscathed. Peer into the shallow waters via a glass-bottom boat tour or suit up for a scuba-diving session (there are several in the area to choose from)!
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