Go Visit Pompeii Now, Before It Crumbles Away
If you have traveling to Pompeii on your bucket list, you better book your ticket to Italy now. The ancient Roman city, which was frozen in time when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, has had several of its walls collapse.
Last month a portion of the "House of the Gladiator," where the gladiators trained, and part of a retaining wall at the "House of the Moralist," a home, as well as two other walls came down. It's been a big concern internationally, since Pompeii is one of the world's best-preserved ancient sites.
Critics charge that the Italian government hasn't been doing the proper upkeep needed for the UNESCO World Heritage site. Instead, it has been pouring money into lame-sounding gimmicks like a 3-D hologram tour of an ancient Pompeii nobleman's villa.
There's no need to sell the city with such cheesy ploys. The 109-acre site is more than enough reason to visit. Excavated and opened to the public since the mid-18th century, Pompeii gives you a glimpse of a different time. You can see the ancient city's homes, the main forum, a courthouse, a temple, public baths, a brothel and more. But you better hurry up; without proper maintenance, there's no telling how much longer they'll be around.
· Pompeii collapses spark worry and outrage [Reuters]
· Nine investigated over Pompeii collapses [AFP]
· Italy Travel Coverage [Jaunted]