Picture of Pompei taken by Barbara Danao

On the 24th of August, 79 A.D., Mt. Vesuvius erupted and covered Pompei in ashes. Pompei and nearby Herculaneum disappear from the face of the earth. Gradually vegetation covered the land where the town once stood. Pompei was discovered in 1748. By the mid-eighteenth century, when scholars made the journey to Naples they reported finding luxurious private residences called villas. They also found a forum was located in a central, easily accessible part of town. Pompei had public and private baths; a typical feature of Roman towns.