Destruction and impact. It was a vacation town on the west coast of Italy during the Roman Empire. On August 24, 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius exploded. That explosion buried the adjoining area. It was buried for over 1000 years. The excavation stories and what was found has captivated the world. Come and see how the bodies were preserved in plaster and appreciate the amazing detail. Pompeii is an insight into the ancient world of Rome.