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Pompeii and herculaneum are still one of the most fascinating archaeological places in the world and are both listed as unesco world heritage sites every year millions of people visit the once buried pompeii making it one of italys most popular and famous tourist attractions providing generation after generation a unique insight into roman daily life. Of the many eruptions of mount vesuvius a major stratovolcano in southern italy the most famous is its eruption in 79 ad which was one of the deadliest in european history in the late summer or autumn of 79 ad mount vesuvius violently spewed forth a deadly cloud of super heated tephra and gases to a height of 33 km 21 mi ejecting molten rock pulverized pumice and hot ash at 15 . Amazoncom vesuvius ad 79 the destruction of pompeii and herculaneum 9780892367191 de carolis ernesto patricelli giovanni books. Vesuvius ad 79 the destruction of pompeii and herculaneum is a fascinating book it will captivate anyone interested in vulcanism archeology or the history of the pompeii and herculaneum the text is well suited for both the general reader and students of all ages it will make a valued addition to any college course on roman history