These are the ancient ruins which were destroyed in AD 79. The still smoking volcano of Mt. Vesuvius looks down on the remains of the city. But this eruption is also responsible for many good things. It is responsible for preserving the city’s art treasures, frescoes, mosaics, and sculptures that were encased in the lava as it is cooled. There are many excavations going which are responsible for revealing the remains of houses, markets, baths, temples, theaters, streets and human remains. Visitors can tour the site, walk along the old streets scarred by the tracks of chariots, and see the engineering used by Romans more than 2,000 years ago.